THE BLESSING OF BEING HUNGRY FOR GOD

by on October 16, 2018

How do you describe hungry? “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!” One man said, “The best sauce in the world is a hungry stomach!” Or, worse yet, as our daughter Amy said years ago, I’m so hungry, I could eat school cafeteria food!”

When you’re truly hungry, all you can think about is satisfying that hunger. That’s why Jesus said that to be desperately hungry for God is a very special blessing. See, if you were famished for God and starving for a touch from Him, think how you’d live!

You’d be praying and fellowshipping with Him, seeking His plans for you first thing in the morning. Excitedly, you’d break open His Word, your Bible, searching for a tidbit of spiritual food. If the Holy Spirit gave you a particular verse or promise, you’d savor it, feed on it and it would be your meditation and strength all day long.

When you become desperately hungry for God, you long for the next service at the House of God, and for fellowship from his people. One or two services each week aren’t enough for the hungry disciple! No, you want to more, MUCH MORE!

“Righteousness” means right direction, or “going in the direction of right”. It’s from the Anglo-Saxon “right wiseness” meaning “right-direction.” So, when you’re hungering and thirsting for God’s right direction in your life, Jesus says you’re a blessed one, and that God’s right directions shall fill you up!

You’ll have God’s right direction in your mind. You’ll have God’s right direction in your spirit and soul. You’ll have God’s right direction in school or on the job. Your life will be filled with God’s right direction. Every area of your life will be going His way!

God is a God Who operates in EVERY area of life for the person who hungers and thirsts. When Moses met God at the burning bush in Exodus 3:14, he was curious as to just what God in a devotional way. Now God was talking with Moses about liberating the children of Israel from their enslavement to the Egyptians.

Moses asked God, “What shall I tell people when they want to know who You are?” God said, “I AM THAT I AM.” That’s what you need to tell the children of Israel. Tell them I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I’ll ALWAYS be I AM THAT I AM.”

What’s I AM THAT I AM mean? It actually means, “ I AM what you need Me to be when you need Me to be it.” Whatever your need is, God is the God Who can meet it.

When you were hungry for God, you prayed that prayer, “Lord Jesus, come into my life and live in me,” He HEARD that prayer, and came in. Now, He dwells on the INSIDE of you! There’s nothing on earth greater than the Holy Spirit living on the inside of everyday people, people like you and me. That’s what Colossians 1:27 means, when it talks about “Christ IN you, the hope of glory.”

The Holy Spirit comes in and fills ALL who are hungry for God. Your filling depends upon your hunger. That’s why many Christians are no longer hungry! Proverbs 27:7 puts it like this: “The full soul loatheth the honeycomb; but to the hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.”

In other words, when you’re full of self, pride or carnality, you have no appetite for even Jesus, as sweet as He is. On the other hand, if you are hungry for Him, even if He WASN’T so good, you’d desire Him to fill you completely!

How come some people get filled mightily and others just get a “so-so” experience with the Lord? Those who are starving for God get mightily filled!

The major work of the Holy Spirit is to work in people’s lives, to prepare you for the moves of God on your soul. His work is to put you into a strong hunger, so you’ll cry out to God for Him to fill you up with His presence.

God’s moving in your spirit have more to do with your heart-cry than it does with your education, track record or anything else. When you’re desperate for the manifestation of God in your life. He will come in answer to your heart’s cry.

When does Jesus move on you? When will He move next? The answer is really simple: He will move on you mightily and when nothing else, no one else will do. There has to be an overwhelming hunger in your heart so you pray in a way you haven’t prayed before. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man (there’s that word again) availeth much (James 5:16)”.

When your spirit is fervent, when it’s crying out to the point that your prayer MOVES YOU, it begins to move God.

That’s why spiritual people throughout history have turned to fasting for the power of God. In Daniel chapter 9, he stirred up such a tremendous hungering in his soul that he brought deliverance for the entire nation. He fasted and prayed in sackcloth for God to bring deliverance.

David became known as a man after God’s own heart, due NOT to what a perfect person he was. No, it was his hunger for GOD that earned him that special relationship. He said in Psalm 84:2, “My heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God!” when your heart and flesh cries out for the living God, He’ll rush in and fill you fully!

When the number one desire of your soul is to be filled with God, when that’s the supreme urgency of your soul, and you’re reaching out to God, crying out for Him to answer – He will pour out His power from on high into your heart like He did in days of old.

When does a hunger like this come? When you’ve discovered that the arm of the flesh will fail you. That’s one time that you’ll seek God with your whole heart. When you get to the place where you stop depending on man, you’re at the place where you can throw yourself into the presence of God!
When does a hunger like this come? When you’ve discovered that the arm of the flesh will fail you. That’s one time that you’ll seek God with your whole heart. When you get to the place where you stop depending on man, you’re at the place where you can throw yourself into the presence of God!
Even if you’re far away from God, I can tell you this: Let the emptiness of your heart cry out for God to fill you up, and He’ll quickly be on hand to answer your cry.

You might have a besetting sin that keeps coming back and coming back, no matter what you do or how you pray. Maybe you’ve even made vows and promises to God that you’ll do better – only to fall into the same trap over and over again.

I want to tell you that all the promises and self-discipline in the world can’t help you or deliver you. Not once that behavior has gone deeply into you. What you need is for God to send His Spirit in the depths of your being, find the real difficulty and then destroy its power in you. God promises you this in Jeremiah 33:3. “Call unto Me, and I WILL answer you, shew you great and mighty things, which you have never experienced.”

That’s what you need. That’s what we ALL need: to have God increase our hunger for Him until we call out to Him to fill us! Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger.” Pray to get hungry!

Isn’t this what your soul is asking for? Are you hungry with a divine hunger? If you are, God has bound Himself to answer you!

About

Pastor Steve Davis is the Lead Pastor of The Worship Center® Community Church. He is a lover of the Word of God and loves to help people learn the Word, apply it to their everyday lives and then rejoice with them as God's changes begin to happen in their lives! He grew up in Southern Maryland, studied for the ministry at Asbury College in in Wilmore, Kentucky. That is where he met his future wife, Linda. Steve and Linda have three grown kids - meaning three adult offspring - and have ministered with Operation Mobilization for four years, He has served as a Chaplain with local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. The Worship Center grew from a home Bible study into the church it is today as the Lord sent people who wanted to have more of Jesus and more of the Word of God working in their lives. Pastor Steve says, "Few things make me happier than to find someone who wants to give their whole heart and life to the Lord, and who wants to follow Him wherever and however He leads them! The Lord is always searching for people like that, and so am I!"