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Spiritually Starving: Hungry for the Truth and How to Change It


 


Are You Hungry?

Hunger is a word that can be used to describe many things. One can be hungry for food, another person, or anything that makes them happy. And he only way to satisfy that hunger is to give it wants.

Let’s compare two common types of hunger: physical and spiritual.

Physical Signs of Hunger

  • Feeling of emptiness in the stomach
  • Gurgling, rumbling or growling in the stomach
  • Dizziness, faintness or light-headedness
  • Headache
  • Irritability, easily agitated
  • Lack of concentration
  • Nausea
  • Longing for satisfaction and to satisfy that craving

Spiritual Signs of Hunger

  • Feeling empty inside
  • Feeling depressed
  • Struggling with boredom or feeling restless
  • Longing for satisfaction
  • Feeling apathetic
  • No hope or relief
  • Feeling extremely discontent and you find yourself searching for something to make you happy
  • Physical discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Problems staying focused
  • Easily irritated
  • Stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious…..all the time

Both types of hunger have many similarities, but they are different in so many other ways as well.

It is easy to identify physical hunger, especially in a child. We all know that when little Johnny or Susie start fussing and whining near dinner time, it is due to hunger. We then give little Johnny or Susie something to satisfy their hunger.

When the human body is starving after a time, the body weakens, the mind is dulled, and the desire for something to eat wanes. In fact, starving people actually reach a point when they don’t even want food that is placed before them.

Spiritual starvation follows much the same course. If we have been feeding daily on God’s Word, it’s natural to feel “hungry” when we skip our quiet time. But if we continue to neglect it, we may lose all desire to study the Scriptures.

Recognizing Signs of Spiritual Hunger

Why is it so easy to recognize and satisfy the physical signs of hunger, but spiritual hunger so often is ignored and soon becomes a spiritual drought.

We can become so thirsty, hungry, and lost that we do not know what we’re searching for.

If you are easily overwhelmed, depressed, and feeling hopeless; chances are that you have become spiritually hungry.

If you are desperately searching for something but all fail to satisfy, you are thirsty for spiritual truth.

If your life is so far off track and you cannot find your way back, you are starving for the truth.

Do you attend church and “do your part” but still end up feeling like you’re living in a desert? You are in a spiritual drought.

Once you recognize that you are spiritually starving and are ready to satisfy that hunger; only then will you find the truth.

Satisfying the Craving

When we are physically hungry we put food in our mouths. However, if we lived on a diet that consisted only of carbs (which have little nutritional value)soon our bodies would not be functioning at 100% capacity. Ultimately, we would be depriving our bodies of essential nutrients that it craves it needs.

This also can be applied to our spiritual lives.  It is human nature to search for ways to satisfy an emptiness within our hearts. According to Scripture,  “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4) But the type of bread you eat matters.

Many try to satisfy the emptiness within their hearts with a variety of different means.  Alcohol, gambling, porn, meditation, and other forms of religion that are not Scriptural are just a few of the ways that one often tries to become filled. Even though these may fill you temporarily, long term you will be still hungry for the truth.  These various types of means can cause much damage and make it even more difficult to find the ‘real’ truth.

 


Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Did you read that? There is no other way to the truth, the truth that will satisfy your hunger, except through Jesus.


Let’s keep reading for ways to find out how to find the truth and ways you won’t find the truth.

Warnings

In order for us to be fruitful and satisfy our quest for truth, that can only be done through the reading of the Word. The Word is the Bible. The Word is God-breathed truths for our daily lives.

Regular daily reading of the Bible will bring you to the truth.

It is easy to fall victim into believing you are getting all that you need because you are doing the right Christian things. This is where you need to be careful of what you are doing. Below are three ways that alone are not enough to find the truth

  1. Attending church: Just by attending church alone, or even if you are volunteering in various ministries at church; you will not find the truth.
  2. Worship music: Sure its great to hear a moving worship song that makes you raise your hands and praise God, but worship music alone is not enough.
  3. Devotions or other Christian books: Devotions or other Christian books can be great, but they alone are not enough.

So, Then What Must I Do?

Think about Job’s attitude in the Old Testament. In Job 23:12 he says, “…I have treasured the words of His mouth, More than my necessary food. No wonder Job was the man that he was!

How is our longing and hunger for God’s Word? It should be that we need it above all else.

In John 10:10, we read that “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they might have life and have it to the full.” It is through intimacy with our Lord that we will find contentment and joy.

We will only find the truth by reading the Bible.

Books, daily devotions, worship music, and Sunday School are great but they alone are not enough.

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How to Satisfy the Hunger for Spiritual Truth

  • Arm yourself with pen, paper, and a comfortable place to sit

  • Read the Bible on a daily basis
  • Meditate on His word

  • Memorize Scripture

  • Read when you can without distractions

  • Pray for wisdom during your Bible reading time

  • Put this time on your calendar

  • Look to the Bible for examples of those who trusted God during the most trying times of their life. (Job, Moses, Noah, just to name a few)

  • Attend church every Sunday, participate, and follow along with the sermon

  • Spend time with those who are fellow believers

  • Talk to God on a regular basis.  Prayer is more than asking God to give you what you want. It is a conversation with our Maker. Thank Him, adore him, and tell Him what is in your heart

  • Keep a prayer journal

*Mom’s, I know that asking for 15-30 minutes of quiet time seems impossible but it is so necessary. If you are unable to do so during the day or when your child naps; try getting up 30 minutes early. Trust me, it’s not easy at first because your bed is so inviting and motherhood can be so exhausting. But trust in the Lord. Ask Him to provide you with the rest you need.

 

Fulfillment

Through regular Bible reading, prayer, attending church, and fellowship with believers it is possible to find the truth.  However, only through reading the Bible will you find the truth. None of these alone beside reading the Bible will offer your fulfillment, contentment, joy, and satisfaction.

 

Blessings,

Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home

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 Click here if you are looking for Scripture verses on Why We Were Created to Love God!!!

 

 


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