Appetites and thirst are an internal signal that our bodies want food and drink. When it’s hot thirst drives individuals to stay hydrated. Meanwhile, when you miss a meal, hunger pains may persuade you to binge, raid the refrigerator or order take out to satisfy this desire. However, God designed human beings with a soul, craving a different kind of hunger.
After He had gone without food for forty days and forty nights, He became hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But Jesus replied, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God,’” Matthew 4:2-4.
As Jesus prepared for his three year ministry on earth, a fast was performed to focus solely on God. In this vulnerable state, the Devil tempted Jesus with food, hoping Jesus’ physical need for food would override his spiritual preparations. Instead, Jesus reminds the Devil that God desires human beings to meditate on God’s Word day and night, Joshua 1:7-8. While food satisfies the stomach, spiritual nuggets fuel the soul.
For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also, Matthew 6:32-33.
During a segment on worry, Jesus uses common sense to illustrate how God provides. This portion of the Sermon on the Mount focuses on the proper attitude individuals should possess. Instead of being consumed by worry, believers should develop a spiritual hunger for righteousness. When God and the Bible become your main priority on earth, everything else falls naturally into place. While hunger pains may come and go, may the hunger for God keep your soul satisfied daily.
by Jay Mankus