November 24, 2020

Longing and Hungering

For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
Ps 107:9
Today's devotion is adapted from Charles Spurgeon's November 20th entry in his devotional classic, Faith's Checkbook:

It's good to have longings—the more intense they are the better. God will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all-absorbing they may be. So let us greatly long, for God will greatly give. It can't be said that we're never in a right state of mind when we're contented with ourselves—when we're free from longing. Desires for more grace and groanings which cannot be uttered are growing pains: we should wish to feel them, because they show us that we are growing in the faith.

Of course, hunger is by no means a pleasant sensation. Yet Christ said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness."  Such persons shall not only have their hunger relieved with a little food, but "they shall be filled." They won't be filled with fast food, but their diet shall be worthy of the One who feeds them, for they'll be filled with goodness by the God of heaven.

So let's not fret because we long and hunger, but let's instead listen to the psalmist's voice, who in longing and hungering to see God magnified invites us to be filled. 

O lead me, Lord, that I may lead
the wandering and the wavering feet;
O feed me, Lord, that I may feed
thy hungering ones with manna sweet.
 Frances R. Havergal (1836–1879)
This I pray in the Name of the One who taught me: Our Father...