How Do Feed Your Spiritual Hunger?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6(NIV). That was my verse of the day last week, and when I read it, I thought, “What does that really mean?” Jesus was teaching the disciples about the characteristics his followers should have. He was telling them about the importance of their spiritual hunger.  He even adds the promise of a blessing!

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What is Spiritual Hunger and Thirst?

After a lot of reading, my best understanding of that verse is as follows: Come closer to living the life God wants you to have by building up your spiritual strength!

That led me to think about feeling completely satisfied.

How Can I Satisfy my Spiritual Hunger?

Do you ever struggle to feel satisfaction in your day or even a season?

I can think of a time when I did not feel satisfied. For years I told myself “maybe this summer I can just relax and enjoy the season with no issues.” I love the summer and it’s such a short season here. Can’t it please be all lazy sunshine, gentle rains, and abundant flowers?

Year after year, I told myself that this year was hopefully “the one.” Cue the health issues, a son deployed to Iraq, deaths of family members, kids moving out, moving back…. it was a never-ending sense of frustration for me.

I wasn’t satisfied. By the worldly definition, satisfaction is having a need, want, or desire met, or the pleasure/ sense of achievement you feel when you do something you wanted to do.

They aren’t a bad thing when kept in proper perspective. We have to eat. Our minds and bodies need to rest. We feel satisfied when our closets and drawers are finally tidy. It makes our jobs satisfying when we do well or achieve promotions, etc.

Signs of Spiritual Hunger

Do you wonder if you are spiritually hungry?  Here are a few tell-tale signs:

•Feeling weary, tired

•Hope seems to be slipping away

•Life is filled with stress and anxiety

•Longing to feel satisfaction

Spiritual Hunger and Thirst

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Jesus was using the bodily cravings of hunger and thirst as analogies of having a strong desire for His blessings of pardon and peace.  He alone can completely fill us to the brim.

Just as our body has appetites we satisfy with food, drink, and experiences, our soul has an “appetite” that only He can fill.

We all feel hunger and thirst. Sometimes those feelings have us prowling the cupboards for some snacks and reaching for something to drink.

When you are spending time with Jesus, are you grabbing a quick snack or drink to quench your spiritual needs, or are you starving for Him, filling yourself to the brim and feeling completely satisfied?

When I spent weeks bemoaning my less than perfect summer seasons, I was trying to satisfy my soul with worldly pleasures. My fears and worries showed that I didn’t fully trust God in my life. Trying to fill up on earthly things always leaves us always wanting more and never feeling fully satisfied.

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Hunger and Thirst for the Word of God

When we are physically hungry or thirsty, we eat or drink and feel satisfied. Later, those desires return and we need to eat and drink again. Have you noticed that the more you “feed” your soul with Him, it’s the exact opposite? The more of Him you have, the more of Him you want.

That’s the deep desire Jesus was talking about. So how do we feed our soul in this way?

As Christians, we all have the Holy Spirit living inside us. God doesn’t give each of us more or less of the Spirit. We have him living inside us, and it is up to us to “feed” that spiritual appetite.

We do this by choosing daily to “set our minds” on what the Spirit desires (Romans 8:5). This is not an easy task, the world can be very distracting. Set your mind to partake in a feast of Jesus every day! Decide how you can use prayer, worship, study, music- whatever works- to completely stuff yourself with Him!

What Does the Bible Say About Spiritual Hunger?

God wants to feed our souls!

Isaiah 55:1-6 are some beautiful verses that talk about satisfying our deepest soul appetite.

“On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” John 7:37 (NIV)

“Listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the the richest of fare.”  Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)

“I am the bread of life; he who come to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35

“It is written, man does not live in bread alone, but in every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

“Come, all you who are thirsty… Listen to me, and eat what is good…. Seek the Lord…. Call on him.” He’s waiting!

When you wake up tomorrow, you will be hungry and thirsty. While you’re choosing your breakfast, reflect on what will satisfy your spiritual appetite as well. Let Him fill you, then go back for seconds or even thirds! That’s where you will find true and lasting satisfaction.

Blessings,

AnnMarie

All Scripture is taken from the NIV unless specified otherwise.

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11 thoughts on “How Do Feed Your Spiritual Hunger?”

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad it was helpful for you. I post every Monday! To God be the glory, He led me to this ministry 5 years ago and continues to guide and direct my every step. God bless you!

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    1. Hello Ruth! The Holy Spirit is surely guiding you to seek His face and Word. The best way to feed our hunger for Him is by studying His Word and through a prayerful relationship with Him. Be curious, seek out answers to your questions. Do you have access to online Bible Studies? I personally recommend Bible Study Fellowship- it is world wide, free, and online! It is an in-depth study which was extremely helpful to me. I did 12 years before I turned to blogging! Best wishes and blessings to you! AnnMarie

    1. Thanks for your timely question Joan! I was just led to go back and write about great women in the Bible, and started a post about Esther! As far as answering your question, I think of Ruth (who followed Naomi and wanted God to be “her God”), Mary Magdalene (who was such a faithful follower of Jesus), Hannah (who trusted completely in God’s plan), Lydia (an early church planter), and Mary (Martha’s sister, who sat at the feet of Jesus to hear His teaching.)

  2. Dear sister please reach me how to be like Jesus,how to get those words which satisfies my hunger.

    1. Hello Iris- Do you have a Bible? It is through His Word that we will spend our lives living out His characteristics. Have you heard of the fruits of the spirit? They are in Galations 5:22-23 and tell us how to live like Jesus. Your hunger comes from the Holy Spirit living inside you- how wonderful that you are seeking Him out! He will be faithful in helping you live as He did!

    1. Thanks for your question! I have not written yet on all the Beatitudes, so this motivates me to do so! In the meantime, here’s the short version: Each beatitude shows us how to be blessed. This does not mean “happy”, but so much more. Jesus uses “blessed” to mean experiencing hope and joy regardless of what is going on in our lives. We have to take them all together as His followers, not pick and choose what ones we want. We need them all. We start off spiritually poor when we come before God, but when we recognize we need Him, we enter into eternal life. To mourn our sin, we have deep sorrow before God. He promises His comfort. When we are meek before God, we submit to His will. We covered hunger and thirst in this post. If we want mercy from God, we need to extend it to others. Purity of heart is a sincere devotion to God that leads to us seeing God in all things around us and having His eyes to see others as He does. Peacemakers share God’s vision and word towards peace and reconciliation. I’m excited to dig into this subject and post a blog about it soon! Bless you for your curiosity and desire to understand His Word!!

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