Hunger for God
What is your passion?
“Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (NIV)
Do you know who God fills? He fills those who are hungry for Him. If you don’t a hunger for God, don’t worry He won’t fill you. If you have come to the place in your life where you feel you have had your fill of God and want no more, don’t worry He won’t give you more. He fills only those that are hungry for Him.
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” (NIV)
The well of God is deep my friend. Think about it, He will never run out and is always overflowing. You can tap into the ever flowing river. Jesus declared that if anyone was thirsty they could partake of the fountain and drink in deep and out of their inner most beings would flow that same river for others to see and experience (John 7:38). Are you thirsty for it? For what? A relationship with the King. A life of fulfillment and destiny. Don’t believe that you have seen it all and experienced it all. Don’t believe that your life has no meaning and that God is through with you. There is so much to accomplish in this life still!
“Then Moses said, “Now show me Your glory.”(NIV)
This is the Moses that God spoke to through a burning bush. This is the Moses that gave up living life as a prince because he saw His people being mistreated as slaves, though he was adopted by the Egyptian royal family, he wanted something more from God. This Moses was leading sheep in the mountains of Horeb, when he has an experience with God. Remember the Bible was not written at this time. God chose to reveal Himself to Moses in this way. God caused a tree to burn without being consumed. Moses was in awe of the sight and that is when God spoke to him. Moses would lead the Israelites out of slavery. Moses would see miracle after miracle performed by God through his prayers. Do you think Moses knew God? I do. And yet after all of this, he still cries out for more of God. Let me tell you who cries out for more of God. The ones that cry out for more of God have had a taste of how awesome He is and want more. Satisfied believers become a stagnant pool but those that hunger for more of Him become fulfilled and flowing over with fresh water.
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.”(NIV)
This was written by a man named Paul. Paul would go onto write two-thirds of what is now called the New Testament. The apostle Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ and he was on his way to Damascus to arrest Christians. Jesus literally knocks him off his horse and reveals Himself to Paul. Paul became a leader in the church and planted many churches in Europe and Asia Minor. God raised the dead through his prayers and he saw God perform many awesome miracles. He saw angels and was taken up into heaven and here this man of God cries out, “I want to know Christ!” Do you think you know Christ better than Paul? Do you think that you have come to the end of your walk with God and no longer need a hunger for more of Him? I am glad the apostle Paul didn’t feel that way.
Luke 18: 35-43
“As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’ He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied. Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.”(NIV)
This blind man was hungry for Jesus. He cried out to Jesus when he heard that Jesus was nearby. There were people there that were offended at his shouting. Have you met anyone like this? It is almost a certainty that if you get hungry for God, you will meet people that are offended at your hunger. They want to quiet you up and keep you controlled. But notice what it says about Jesus! He stopped! Your cries of faith and your hunger for God causes Jesus to stop and look your way. Then Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” I am not a genius but I believe the blind man wanted to see. I believe Jesus knew that as well. Why did He ask? God meets you at your faith. If you allow self-pity and unbelief and are slow to believe the promises then you will not have all that God wants for you. Jesus asked him, so the man could release his faith. After the man received his sight, Jesus says, your faith has healed you! How awesome is that?
Never be satisfied but always be hungry. God desires you to be hungry. He gave the children of Israel fresh bread every day in the wilderness. He didn’t want them living on the bread of yesterday. You today have fresh bread from God, go after Him!
Hunger for God