Are you hungry? Are you craving something sweet, something salty, something crunchy? Do you open the pantry for tortilla chips, or chocolate, or the refrigerator looking for grapes, or maybe you just love something crunchy like carrots, an apple, or celery? As I thought about this and how often I crave a snack, I wondered how often do we, in turn, crave our Creator.
Have you ever been on a cruise with a whole lot of eating and a whole lot of the most delicious gourmet food available twenty-four hours a day, including room service.? That is how God is – He is available twenty-four hours a day – any moment we have a craving? Do you go through the day thinking about what you are going to eat next, or do you go through the day longing to spend time with Him in prayer, in reading, in thoughts, memorizing scripture, etc.?
This week at Proverbs 31.Org this verse was shared for us to blog about what it means to us:
I am picturing me opening my mouth wide at the dentist, or a bird whose Mom is feeding it
or even when we visit the doctor and they put that tongue depressor in there. OPEN WIDE!
Later in the same chapter, in verse 16 God says “But I would feed you with the best of foods. I would satisfy you with wild honey from the rock.”
I read a similar verse that says, “I will fill thy mouth with good things,” Ps. 103:5 .
So what does this all mean? I had to surf a bit to verse map and think about this. It was thought provoking but using Lysa’s three points I was able to make some sense of it.
First of all He says, I am the Lord your God. I am the Lord your God is the first phrase we see in the Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:2-6 says it all, and reads like this:
Last Lysa says He will fill us. I believe that God is saying that if we follow Him, if we listen and spend time with Him, He will take care of our needs. Only He can satisfy our deepest hungers. When we have a deep need he doesn’t want us to go to the refrigerator or pantry, but rather enter his presence. Only He can fill that deep, deep need, but we find ourselves wanting less and something temporary like food. How often have I run to the kitchen instead of to Him on my knees.
When we are stressed over something in our lives or lonely, afraid, or hurting, we need to remember those are temporary and God is eternal. He is our security – our safe place. He will meet those deep hungers.
Just as a mother bird hovers over those baby birds, God hovers over us to meet EVERY need – not just our hunger for food, but our hunger for Him. Trust Him to provide abundantly your needs. Look to Him to fill you with the richness and fullness of Christ. We are filled to the extent that we open our mouths wider and wider because He has so much more to fill us with. Nothing can satisfy our hunger like God can!
Open WIDE that mouth and let Him fill you as only He can do.
In Him be satisfied!
(Thanks to my friends Katrina Wylie, Lynda Parker and Kendra Fisher for sharing the bird pictures. Love you ladies.)