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Hunger and Thirst for God

Read | Isaiah 55:1-5

The story of David inspires us to want an intimate relationship with God. But where does that kind of passion come from? It is not manufactured or created by effort or will power. And we cannot work ourselves into a state of genuine yearning for the Lord—our carnal nature would never allow us to sustain that level of devotion. A hunger and thirst for God is actually a gift from the Lord Himself.

God predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son, so He planted within us an innate desire to know and be known by the Savior. The problem is that many people, mistaking this yearning for cravings of other kinds, pursue things like affection, flattery, or fame. They go through life trying to create whatever kind of personal connection they can to fulfill desires they don’t even understand. All too often, the result is empty relationships, excessive work, and immoral behavior.

People rush from here to there doing their best to satisfy an inborn hunger created by Almighty God Himself—a hunger so powerful that it will be sated by nothing less than intimacy with God. David knew there was only one solution to the constant yearning in his heart. As St. Augustine said, “Our hearts are restless till they find their rest in Him.”

God has created within all of us the capacity to have a deep personal relationship with Him. But our sin nature does not give us the power to generate such intimacy. If you find yourself trying to satisfy your inborn hunger in your own strength, turn to the Lord, who is the author of your desires.

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  • December 23, 2012 12:25 PM

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    I think that in this society there is an over abundance of earthly stuff that tempts people to fill themselves up with unhealthy, unsatisfying things. The problem is that this overabundance and sense of entitlement makes everyone so stuffed that they mask the hunger for God; temporary things that will never satisfy. All that this leads to is selfishness and gluttony and in the Christian circle, a bunch of fat sheep. We need to pray that God would make us hunger and thirt for righteousness. I am so thankful that He promises He will be there for us and that if we seek him, and ask for wisdom, he will be found.
  • December 19, 2012 09:09 PM

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    SUPERB!!!
  • December 19, 2012 12:35 PM

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    Thank you for this! I've been asking God to place in me a desire and a thirst to seek Him!
  • December 19, 2012 11:10 AM

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    I feel this hunger in myself and see it in my husband and children. im in the process of learning to turn that hunger tword God rather than food and things and circumstances for satisfaction. i wish i could say i were successful all of the time...but i really war within myself daily....wrestling with old habits and thoughts......fighting discouragement.....thats when i listen to an audio archive for encouragement from C.Stanley. Thank you for allowing your life to be used to Glorify the Father!!!!
  • December 19, 2012 10:22 AM

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    Thank you for the message, now I know that hunger and thirst for God is actually a gift from the Lord Himself.
  • December 19, 2012 08:58 AM

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    Very helpful! Thank you

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