Susannah Baker

Eating to Stay Hungry

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Eating to Stay Hungry

On February 1, 2021, Posted by , in Encouragement, With 3 Comments

A long time ago, my friend, Leigh Kohler, said this: “In the physical realm, we eat to get full. But in the spiritual realm, we eat to get hungry.” Many times through the years, I’ve thought long and hard about those words.

Sometimes we mistake lack of spiritual appetite for lack of spiritual need. We stop reading our Bibles; we stop spending regular time with God’s people and in God’s Word; time for prayer is given over to to-do lists and activities. And before long, we aren’t even hungry for spiritual things.

When I get that way, I’m tempted to think my activities or to-do lists are more important and necessary for whatever season of life I am in than fostering hunger for God.

But it’s simply not true. It’s not that my kids’ sports, or cleared inbox, or volunteer duties, or even Biblestudies – good things with good people – are more important. It’s that I’ve become full on lesser things.

In Luke 10:41-42, Jesus told Martha this: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Friend, can I suggest something? Everything you can spend time on today, everything, can be taken away from you – however many emails you clear will be back tenfold in your inbox tomorrow. Whatever money you put in your bank account could be here today but gone tomorrow. Whatever time you put into exercise could be null and void in the blink of an eye with an unexpected accident or diagnosis. Whatever errands you run will multiply for the next week.

But can I suggest something else? Whatever time you spend investing in the Word of God will not ever grow null or void in your life. It will be the one thing that is needed to leave your heart full, content, eternally focused and prepared, no matter what your circumstances may be.

But we don’t just develop spiritual appetite overnight – the more we eat, the hungrier we grow. So if you have little to no desire to spend time eating God’s Word and fellowshipping with God through prayer, it’s not that it’s not important or that you don’t need it. It’s that you haven’t been developing a spiritual appetite by hungering for spiritual things.

So this week, here’s my challenge to you and to me: eat the Word of God. Spend focused time in prayer daily. Even if it’s just for five to ten minutes. And by the end of the week, let’s see if our appetite has grown for spiritual tings by eating the one thing that is needed: time at Jesus’ feet, listening to His voice through His Word and prayer.

If you need help getting started in developing spiritual hunger, consider using this devotional book and prayer guide for the month of February. It’s a meal that will leave you fully satisfied at you sit down, hungry, at the Table of the Lord.

For more encouragement throughout the week, you can find me on Instagram, @baker.susannah.

3 Comments so far:

  1. Jess says:

    This is a wonderful way to put this concept and so true. It is so critical to eat of the Word and stay hungry, especially with the onslaught of today’s world encroaching into every part of our existence. One can drown in the world quickly if they don’t maintain hunger for the Lord and remain grounded in His Word.

  2. George Mickelis says:

    Susannah, I enjoyed your words very much. I am so happy Jason shared this with me. I see myself as Martha, always doing the things you say, that we feel need to get done that could be gone in an instant. I definitely need to stop and enjoy nurturing my spiritual life with God. Thank you so much for your inspirational words.

    • Susannah Baker says:

      I’m so thankful it was encouraging to you, George – you bless so many people’s lives, mine included. I am praying for you this month for many “Mary moments” in God’s Word as you so faithfully serve others.

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