I have heard Bill Johnson say that the most challenging thing for a believer is to remain hungry for God when in a place of contentment. To be full and hungry at the same time takes humility. We have to purpose in our hearts that we will remain hungry, dependent on God, no matter the blessing.
“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” .
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NKJV
For the past few weeks, I have been so busy and tired, that my mornings are spent taking an extra ten minutes of sleep than in my secret place. Yet I felt full, I convinced myself that I was indeed too tired to wake up my usual time, which I did just to spend time with God. I said to myself, “take an extra sleep, on the way to work you are alone in the car anyways, you’ll have time”. That cycle lasted for a little while until it became my routine.
I must make time to feed in order for my hunger to remain.
The way I encountered God during the day will stem from the overflow from my time with him in my secret place. If I don’t prioritize my secret place how can I develop a hunger that spreads? How can I learn to live, move and have my being in God? How can I be prepared to share my faith, to portray Christ. How can I live a Transformed life? Hunger is so important that it’s the main requirement for being filled (see Matthew 6:33).
The manna was there waiting for the people to partake. Just like the spirit of God, here with us, waiting for us to tap in. When the children of Israel did not go out to collect the manna in the morning it could not last for the other day. This speaks of the fresh outpouring of God daily. He pours but are we in that place of hunger, available to receive?
In hunger there will be opposition, that’s why sometimes the commitment we make to God should not be public knowledge. Some people may not agree with it, That’s ok, the most important thing is to be humble enough to obey God not man. I have to push pass tiredness everyday, sometimes self wins but my goal is to remain hungry for God. Hunger and thirst is indeed the kingdom currency. That thing by which we access all that God has promised.
It was part of the children of Israel’s routine, to expect God to feed them. But the intent, as the word said, was to humble them, to teach them that bread alone Is not enough for this life. We have faith that God is our provider and he proves that by providing, but if we do not stay in that place of hunger, to hear his voice through his word, then the feeding becomes routine, so much so that one can be led to think that we can “survive”, without going to him, without being humble enough to say even though I have all I need I still will be nothing without Jesus.
How to stay hungry?
Hunger comes as we feed, the more we seek him the more we find him and is filled by him. In the natural if we don’t eat we become hungry but in the kingdom, the more we feed on the word of God, and allow his ways to be ours the more we desire of him. Feeding from the word becomes necessary to live a righteous life, build character and condition the mind. That is why the enemy will fight us with our secret place, he knows that if we get to know God more, we would want to be more like God and committed to right living. So he will distract us and fight our hunger, don’t let him win.