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Spiritual appetite (1)

16 October 2021
‘He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’

When our appetite changes, it can be an indication that something isn't quite right. We need food to survive, so if we lose our appetite, we need to pay attention and seek help. And the same principle applies to our spiritual health. One of the characteristics of the great men and women in Scripture is that they hungered for God in prayer and disciplined themselves to study and understand His Word. What made evangelist George Müller so successful? During his lifetime he read through the Bible some two hundred times – and more than half of those were on his knees, praying over Scripture while studying it. When we know God that well, we’ll pray specifically and get specific answers. The truth is that we were all born with a God-shaped blank inside us, and nobody but God can fill it. Greater success won’t. More money won’t. Another relationship won’t. Living in a palace and being a king won’t. That’s why King David wrote: ‘Lord; teach me your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word…Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law…My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times…Your statutes are my delight; they are my counsellors’ (Psalm 119:12-24 NIVUK). The Word of God is ‘soul food’, so if we’ve been neglecting our souls, we need to rethink our priorities and start feeding them again.

What Now?

How much time do you spend reading the Bible each day? See if you can increase that time. Even if you can only manage 5 minutes more to begin with, give thanks for the extra opportunities to be fed by God’s Word.

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