Fuel Your Hunger for the Things of God
From the Desk of Pastor David
I spent the summer before my final year of Bible school working at a bakery in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I planned to take the last week of the summer to visit my parents in Virginia before heading back to Oklahoma for the start of school. It took me two days to drive from Minnesota to Virginia. The trip was exhausting. As if the drive itself wasn’t draining enough, two-thirds of the way through the first day of travel I lost a contact. I drove the final few hours with one “good eye.” It wasn’t the worst hardship in the world, but it made the trip more difficult. So, after over twenty-four hours of driving, straining to see, and dealing with eye irritation and a headache, I finally arrived in Virginia late in the evening. I was happy to be there and happy to see my family. After spending some time talking with my family, I went to bed with one thing on my mind: I was going to get up early and go get some donuts. You see, I have a great appetite for good donuts. I have joked that they are my kryptonite. Even after the long drive and all of the difficulties, even though I was exhausted, I didn’t want to sleep late. I was craving a Boston cream donut – my favorite. So I set my alarm, got up, got dressed, and traveled the three miles to the local donut shop only to find that they were already sold out of Boston cream donuts; another kind of donut simply would not satisfy my craving. Undeterred, I went back home – without a donut. The next morning, I got up even earlier. My determination and desire was rewarded with a dozen Boston cream donuts. My desire and hunger for those specific donuts were strong enough to cause me to take action. I wouldn’t be denied until I obtained exactly what I wanted – a substitute wouldn’t satisfy.
Recently, I sent out some thoughts about revival – specifically the degree of our spiritual hunger for God. I am following up those thoughts with some practical advice about how to stir up your hunger and stay hungry for the things of God. I want us to reach these heights and not be satisfied with any substitute. As a fellow minister and friend of mine said a couple of years ago, “Our gatherings are not just programs or performances, they are points of outbreak for the power of God. If they are not, then why not? What must we change to see power available?”
That change must be a deep hunger for the things of God. But how do we stay hungry? We build hunger for something by constantly thinking about it and talking about it. Many things we have missed while being somewhat “house-bound” over the past couple of weeks may seem trivial, but we are still missing things that are a part of our lives – eating at restaurants for example. Today, my daughter revealed that she has been thinking about how much she misses going out with the family to a restaurant. We kept talking about it until going to a restaurant made it into our top things to do once everything opens up again. If that can work for something as simple as going out to eat, it will work for stirring up hunger for the things of God.
1 Corinthians 14:1 (The Passion Translation)
“It is good that you are enthusiastic and passionate about spiritual gifts …”
“Decide whether you want power or comfortable predictability. Jesus’ meetings sent them home astonished and saying, ‘We have seen strange things today.’ Do you want that?” – Virgil Stokes
I challenge you to begin thinking about all the things God has done for you. Begin talking about those things. Give your testimonies to others. Talk about the spiritual manifestations you have seen and personally experienced. The more you talk about these things, the greater your hunger will stir for more of God – and God absolutely loves hungry hearts!
I believe we are going to see an explosive move of God. Let’s take the responsibility for praying and speaking the power of God into our lives and services.