“One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.” Proverbs 27:7 NIV
Have you ever been so hungry that you did not care what you ate? You just wanted something – anything! I have. And in those situations I have not always made the best food choices. Gas station burrito, anyone? At the moment I ate it, it tasted GOOD because I was so hungry. But after I ate it, I didn’t feel so good and I begin to regret that I didn’t choose something to eat that was better for me.
My father-in-law, after a large meal will sometimes say “I don’t ever want to eat again”. That’s how we feel – full and satisfied. The thought of eating anying is far from our minds, let alone dreaming of a gas station burrito. However, in a few hours food starts sounding better and the longer we go without eating the more willing we are to eat anything that is available.
It is the same with our spirit. We must feed our spirit on the Word of God to keep it satisfied and strong. If we do not, it too will become hungry and will cause us to be desperate to find anything to feed the hunger. Bad relationships, alcohol, drugs, even overspending on material possessions are classic examples of spiritual “gas station burritos”. It may be good in the moment, but afterwards these things leave us feeling bad. In my own life, I have made some poor decisions trying to fill the emptiness inside.
There is only one thing that will fully satisfy our spirit and that is the Word of God. When we keep our spirit full on God’s Word we do not need to look for satisfaction or fulfillment from other sources. We can make good decisions based on what God says about the situation from a place of satisfaction rather than emotional decisions based on a desperation to feed the hunger.
Spend time each day reading the Bible. If you don’t know where to start try Psalms and Proverbs. These books are full of encouragement and wonderful wisdom. If you read 5 chapters in Psalms and 1 chapter in Proverbs each day you will read through them in one month! Another suggestion is to get a good devotional -either in book form or on line. Ask God to give you wisdom and revelation as you read. If we do our part, He will do his.
What will you do this week to keep you spirit full, fed and satisfied?