As I am sitting here getting ready to write this post about “Hunger Pangs”, I hear meowing outside of the window of my makeshift home office. Apparently, there is a kitten who is trying to get our attention for some food. She is not apologetic or embarrassed. She knows that we are the source of food. She feels hungry and she knows the actions that she should take.
Then I think about myself. I am often the type of person that if I am focused on a task that I will completely forget about eating lunch. Ignore the pangs and when I finally slow down, it can sometimes be too late. Because I failed to eat when I was supposed to, a headache grows that I will continue until I lay my head on the pillow.
I had the hunger pangs. They were telling me it is good to eat. But I suppressed them.
Often in our walk with Christ, you may find yourself doing the same thing. You need daily interaction with Christ more than food. You need to go to the source of truth and receive the spiritual nourishment for the day. Yet, so often you may find yourself in the midst of mounting responsibilities and pressures, failing to go to the one place that you need to go – to the feet of Christ. To open His Word and spend time with Him in prayer.
You and I need to be more like the kitten who feels the hunger pangs and responds by going to the hand who provides food. Our Heavenly Father desires to provide nourishment to you. And often, like the hunger pangs in our stomach, if you are in tune with your spiritual health, you will feel the Spirit prodding to spend time with Him.
Do you respond by going to the door? Or by suppressing the feeling?
I would challenge you each day to take time to open His Word. Grab a journal. Write down what God is saying to you. I would even encourage you with an accountability partner or with your family, to read through a book of the Bible and then have discussions of what His Word means and how it impacts you personally.
For families a great suggestion is to take the next month and read one chapter in Proverbs each day. Ask them, which of the proverbs stands out to them and why. Or if you are reading with another person, work through the Epistle of James or 1 John. There are some great thought provoking passages to wrestle with.