How Hungry Are You?

Today I’m 20lbs down and have been thinking about the things I gave up for the momentary satisfaction of food. I gave up my health, wearing clothes I love, energy for my kids, and more, all for french fries and coke on the regular. When I was hungry (and even when I wasn’t) it felt like a life and death situation to find my next food fix. I traded time God destined for growth, for a meal. Every time I made a poor food choice, I disqualified myself from a blessing that required a body wholly given to God.

Esau gave away his birthright... for a bowl of soup. We’ve heard the story a million times, but does not that still sound psychotic and silly? He handed over the inheritance of a double share of his father’s estate (Deuteronomy 21:17) for a short moment of hunger. He says, “I am about to die.” I find it hard to believe that missing one meal would have ended his life right then and there. But, Esau’s momentary desperation allowed him to believe trading short term satisfaction for a lifetime of blessing, was acceptable.

We compromise in ways we never thought we would when we feel we are starving emotionally, physically, or spiritually. What do you give up when you feel “starved”? When you feel starved of love do you give yourself away physically? When you feel starved of acceptance do you compromise your faith to fit in? Don’t trade in the blessings intended for you for short lived satisfaction. Choose to submit your desires *wholly* to Christ and see how he satisfies the hunger your heart truly seeks.

Psalm 109: 4-7 Some of you wandered for years in the desert, looking but not finding a good place to live, Half-starved and parched with thirst, staggering and stumbling, on the brink of exhaustion. Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves. He poured great draughts of water down parched throats; the starved and hungry got plenty to eat.