During the famine in Somalia, thousands of starving families left their homes and once-productive farms to seek shelter and food at distant refugee centers. Foreign nations and humanitarian agencies sent and distributed food to the starving people. Many received help in time to save their lives. Some, however, waited too long before seeking help. They were so malnourished that when they tried to eat, their bodies rejected food. Their digestive systems had shut down and would no longer process the very thing their bodies needed. Many died because their bodies no longer recognized or accepted life-sustaining nourishment. Their bodies didn’t recognize what they were hungering for.
Could the same thing happen to us spiritually? I believe so. I’m not a nutritionist, but I would venture to say that this state of rejection did not happen overnight, but rather, over a period of time. Sound familiar? We do not lose our hunger for God overnight. Little by little, (dare I say subconsciously?) our appetite begins to decrease for God – for His Word – for the things of God – for quick obedience. Before we know it, our soul no longer gurgles from hunger – all is quiet, or so it seems.
While physical starvation is easily spotted by exposed ribs and hallow faces, spiritual starvation often goes unnoticed, at least for awhile. In time, however, the lack of true nourishment reveals itself through our motives, attitudes, speech and choices.
The Somali refugees lacked access to food and nourishment. Spiritually speaking, we have excessive access to everything pertaining to life. (2 Peter 1:3) We have no excuse. There is a church on every corner, we have the complete and inerrant Word of God at our fingertips, and most importantly, a heavenly Father who eagerly awaits the opportunity to fatten up His child.
for they will be filled.”