Have you ever been in that mood where you can't decide if you're more hungry or more tired? I'll be honest, I've been there tons of times. Get out of a service or something late and you're soooo hungry, but you're sooo tired and the question comes down to... "Go out to eat with my friends, stop by fast food, grab something in the kitchen, or JUST GO GET IN MY BED!"
This morning I had a similar scenario, but I was already in bed, I'm sure you've had this before too. I'm laying in bed and it's time to get up, but i am TIRED. As tired as I am, I still feel this nudging down in my stomach, I was hungry. No, not hungry for natural food, hungry for some spiritual food. There was that familiar war. My flesh was begging me to shut my eyes for another 15 minutes and my Spirit was saying I want to spend time with God, I want to get into the Word, I want to worship and tell the Creator of the Universe how good He is and how much He means to me and how much I trust Him.
Am I more tired or am I more hungry?
As I got out of bed a few scriptures came to mind of God's promises for His hungry ones.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they WILL BE FILLED. Ps. 107:9 For He satisfies the thirsty and FILLS the hungry with GOOD THINGS. Ps. 81:10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
Then I decided to just look at a few references to these scriptures, check these out: Proverbs 10:3 The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. Proverbs 13:25The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry. THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE:
Isaiah 55:2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
I want to be hungry, so that I can be filled, and then I want to be more hungry, so that I can be more filled. Have you ever noticed something about your natural stomach that the MORE hungry you are, THE MORE it takes to fill you? Have you noticed that the MORE you eat, THE MORE YOUR STOMACH GROWS? CATCH THIS PRACTICAL REVELATION Have you ever gone to the grocery store while hungry? You somehow end up buying more food than you needed? What about going to your favorite restaurant hungry, you order WAY more than your capacity to hold, you eat more than you need, and probably end up sharing with someone else, or even taking a to go box?
OH THAT WE WOULD HUNGER AND THIRST FOR THE THINGS OF GOD THE WAY WE HUNGER FOR THE NATURAL FOOD!!!
THE LORD SAYS HE WILL SATISFY AND FILL THE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY WITH GOOD THINGS! The more hungry you are the more He will fill, because He promises to FILL you. So how much of HIM AND HIS GOOD THINGS you get is DEPENDENT on HOW HUNGRY YOU ARE!?!
I want to be so hungry that I crave and desire my God so much that it's like going to my favorite restaurant. I order more than I can need, eat until I'm beyond full, and still have plenty left over to share!
We can be that full on the presence of God, we can be that full on the Word of God, we can be that full on the joy of God, that not only are we full, but we share with those around us.
So the question remains, are you more hungry? or more tired? Is your flesh winning or your Spirit? Has the enemy been whipping you up or are you just getting equipped? Today is a great day to run in to our Daddy's arms and say I'M HUNGRY, I'M HUNGRY, FILL ME UP, I NEED YOU! I NEED YOUR PRESENCE, I NEED YOUR WORD, I NEED YOUR SPIRIT! FILL ME!
Be Blessed, J. Tate
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