I originally wrote this article many years ago, but I believe the concept is still pertinent in the new millennium. So I dusted it off, revisited a few sentences for clarity, and added some new ones. Now I attempt to entice and motivate you (those who are willing to wade through my literary debris) with some “food for thought” on staying F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, Teachable).
Random Thoughts On Staying Hungry
Being hungry is a good thing. If your body never told you when it was hungry, you would become malnourished very quickly! Likewise, we all need the Holy Spirit to remind us of our spiritual hunger needs, so that we can stay in good shape.
Meanwhile, you need to feed your hunger. By this, I mean that you must learn how to make it grow, entice and tantalize it, give it more “yummy food” (Jeremiah 15:16).
There is one caution: “Don’t bite off more than you can chew!” Try digesting smaller portions – don’t overdose on quantity and sacrifice quality. That is to say, take it slow whenever you are learning and exploring spiritual truths, but always try to go deeper in your studies. Hebrews 6:1 says that we should leave the elementary teachings and “go on to maturity.”
When someone becomes dehydrated or malnourished, it is important to nurture frequently. We need a consistent, regular diet; one that is well balanced, with good nutrition and a variety of those healthy vitamins. In the same way, a deprived and hungry spirit will need a consistent, frequent food source (i.e. daily time in the Word and in prayer).
Finally, a question for you to ponder as you go about your day: Do people who always eat right, really enjoy every single bite? Or is their satisfaction necessarily tied to the results that they begin to see over time?
As you do your pondering, here are a few additional and “yummy” Scripture references you might want to study: Job 23:12; Psalm 102:4; 119:103; 141:3-4; Isaiah 1:19; Ezekiel 2:8-3:3; John 4:31-34; 6:27, 35, 48-58; Acts 2:46-47; Revelation 10:9-10