Restoring Divine Hunger
Wouldn’t it funny to hear your child (or any child) boasting about his appetite?
“I get hungry in the morning and midday and evening. Sometimes I’m even hungry in between.”
“Of course, you’re hungry, child,” you would say. “Your body is made to tell you these things.”
Still, you may hear this one or that one (or possibly yourself) making a big deal about how much they read the Bible or pray or worship or fast. Hunger in the spiritual sense happens because God made us to hunger and we are healthy enough to pursue Him.
We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. “No man can come to me,” said our Lord, “except the Father which hath sent me draw him,” and it is by this very prevenient drawing that God takes from us every vestige of credit for the act of coming. –A.W. Tozer, Chapter 1 of the Pursuit of God
If we go long stretches without hunger in the physical, we rightfully recognize ourselves as sick. We would seek treatment because we aren’t getting the nutrients we need to sustain a productive life.
Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger. –Proverbs 19:15 (Amplified)
In the spiritual sense though, we may not even recognize it as a problem, but lack of hunger is a huge disease facing the Church. Instead of growing and flourishing, we become weak and anemic. We are told that it’s just a season we’re going through, but the season just seems to stretch on endlessly.
We have to recognize there is a problem and seek healing. He will give us the hunger that we lack and of course, we won’t have one moment to boast about it and it will be to His glory.
I have believed lies that it’s not the right timing or it’s not my season. I have believed those who said “you can’t be greedy” when the Father was desperately longing to reveal Himself to a seeking heart. I’ve tolerated a weakness and lack of nutrition before in my life, but I’m saying here and now that I want more and I know God wants me to have more of Him.
How about you? What do you say?
Welcome to week 1 of our book club discussion of the Pursuit of God (disclosure) by A.W. Tozer. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for the widget and another great take. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please share your thoughts! We always appreciate a vibrant conversation.