The psalmist writes that God “satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9). All of us have a hunger, the question is: What are we hungry for? Our challenge is to not let our love for God grow cold.
At a time when David was already king and was considered wealthy, he makes a statement that he is poor and needy (Psalm 86:1). When he says this, he is not referring to his natural circumstances, but he is talking about his posture before God. We need to have a hunger for God, for “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
It doesn’t help if we’re in church and doing everything ‘right’, but we’ve lost our hunger for God. God cannot bless who we pretend to be. What we’re hungry for drives our decisions, and in our choosing our character is revealed. Ezekiel warns that a flimsy wall can be covered with whitewash, but it won’t be able to withstand the storms (Ezekiel 13:10-12). There is no power where God is not the oversight.
The world is competing for our attention, and because of the sin nature in us we can easily grow hungry for the wrong things. That is why we’re instructed to take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23); to pursue God in every step we take. When we do that, we come to realise that nothing can ever compare to knowing Christ (Philippians 3:7-12).