I am rarely hungrier, than when I’m at church. I’m not sure if I am the only one to experience this phenomenon, but I’m almost certain that I am just one hungry Sunday away from getting my own Snickers commercial. My belly often growls loud enough that the people sitting next to me can hear it. I hope they know it’s a hungry growl, and not a toot. (Yes I just said toot)
Are you ever hungry like that in church?
I get so hungry that my mind wanders. I find myself thinking about what I’d like to eat as soon as we leave. There are snacks in our Sunday school class and donut holes in the youth ministry, but it’s never enough to fill me up. I still leave feeling hungry, even starving sometimes.
Do you know why that is?
It’s because I don’t take the time to feed myself. I get so caught up in getting ready, getting the kids dressed and fed, and getting out the door on time, I don’t feed myself. I don’t treat my own hunger as being important enough for me to stop, and feed myself. I get so rushed, I see feeding myself as a chore that can wait. I’m starving by the time we leave church.
Are you hungry in church too?
How about your soul?
Is your soul leaving church week after week, feeling hungry?
“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ ” Matthew 4:2-4 NKJV
I’m hungry because I’m not feeding myself. That applies to my belly, as well as my soul. My soul is often starving because I’m not taking the time to feed myself from the word of God.
I’m snacking on the bread of Sunday school. I’m snacking on the bread of Sunday and Wednesday evening church services. I’m snacking on the bread of worship music, trying samplings from the choir and from the congregation, but I’m still hungry my friends.
I’m breaking bread in church, but I’m depending on other people to feed my soul.
I’m depending on my pastor to satisfy an appetite that only God can, when I sit down, and dine with Him.
I don’t see my hunger for the Lord as important as the other things in my life. I’m starving my soul because I see studying and feeding myself Gods word as a chore. I’m putting anything and everything else ahead of being hungry.
Feeding myself once or twice a week at church, just isn’t enough.
God wants us to dine with Him daily.
“Give us this day our daily bread.”Matthew 6:11 NKJV
If I eat literal food only once or twice a week, my body will eventually starve. If I depend on other people to feed me, I may never be satisfied. What if the person that is feeding me is feeding me meatloaf? They may like meatloaf, they may even crave meatloaf, but I hate meatloaf. I will never be satisfied with meatloaf. If I’m relying on other people for my meals, I may still hunger for something more.
The same goes for my soul.
I need to feed myself.
I need to feed my soul.
I can’t rely on someone else to feed me and satisfy my hunger in ways that only God can.
Are you hungry when you leave church, like I am? Are you feeding yourself, daily bread?
When is the last time you dined with the King of Kings?
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:8 NKJV
This week I pray that we will see our need to partake of the Word of God every single day. May we leave church with our souls a little more full.
In his Love,