Spiritual Hunger. It’s not all that different from physical hunger.
When our bodies are hungry, we may feel weak or have a slight headache. We have grumbling stomachs, growling and urging us to find something to satisfy. We may become more easily frustrated, quick to snip or snap at others, and just feel pretty miserable when we are truly needing to feed our bodies.
Our soul is very much the same. We need to pray and commune with our Heavenly Father. We need to feed on the Word of God to allow Him to satisfy our soul hunger. We need solid, Bible-centered teaching that will fill our minds with TRUTH. We need fellowship with other believers for encouragement, edification, and, yes, even reproof or correction at times.
What happens when we don’t have these sources of nourishment for our soul? Like our physical signs of hunger, our spiritual hunger results in weakness, aches of the heart, grumbling, growling and the urges to find satisfaction. It can fill us with frustration and anger and misery. Loneliness, uncertainty, fear and anger creep in.
Ultimately, when we don’t nourish ourselves physically, we can die. When we don’t nourish our spirit and soul, we will also end up spiritually “dead”–dry, ineffective, broken and bearing no fruit.
Sounds like a dangerous place to be. I pray that I never get so spiritually malnourished that I find myself in that spot. We have to find ways to feed ourselves spiritually. In full-time ministry, where we don’t consistently get a “Sunday Morning Meal” of worship, preaching and fellowship in our home church body, we have to make the effort to bring these things into our lives by purposefully seeking out sound Bible teaching, personal quiet times, and fellowship with other believers. It is not an easy task.
It’s all part of growing. Working in full-time ministry has amazing blessings, but it also has its own set of difficulties. We will just keep moving forward and trusting the Lord to meet all of these needs. What do you do to keep yourself spiritually “full?”