The Hunger in the Heart
Bible Teacher at Pinecrest
We usually come to the Lord seeking to satisfy the hungers
and needs which are within us. This results in a one sided
relationship with Him.
Let us consider that there is, within the heart of God, a
hunger which only we may satisfy. The Lord, through Jeremiah,
tells us that our glory is that we KNOW and UNDERSTAND Him.
When we know Him as He desires to be known, we will also understand
His desires and hungers.
This deeper knowing is not merely our having adequate information
about God, but it includes our sharing an intimacy with Him.
The Lord actively seeks this, and tells us,
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any
man hear My voice, and open the door, I will
come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with Me" Rev 3:20.
There is a line in a chorus we sing, "let us forget
about ourselves and concentrate on Him." That is, let
us turn from having our hungers satisfied, and begin to satisfy
the hunger that is within the heart of God.
Genesis chapter 18 records the incident of the LORD coming
to Abraham. The general viewpoint is that He came to confirm
the birth of Isaac, which indeed He did. The Lord also shared
with Abraham the fact that He was about to destroy Sodom and
Yet Abraham saw a greater reason for the LORD's coming. As
the LORD approached, Abraham graciously invited Him to rest
in the shade while he obtained water to wash His feet, and
then prepared a meal for Him.
Abraham understood that God came to sup with him, and to
"For therefore are Ye come to Your servant" Gen
Abraham's relationship with the LORD was so intimate that
he realized the hunger within Him, and sought to satisfy it
by providing refreshment, rest, and a meal for Him. Let us
follow our father Abraham and give the LORD our best, as well
When Jesus came to partake of food in the Pharisee's house,
as recorded in Luke 7:36-46, His hungers were satisfied by
a street woman, rather than by the Pharisee who had made the
invitation. To Simon, Jesus said, "you gave me no water,
no oil, and no kiss. The Greek word used for kiss, proskuneo,
means to fall prostrate before another. Hence, the Scripture
enjoins us to "kiss the Son!"
Satisfying the hunger that is within God goes beyond our
times of prayer, praise, Bible reading, etc. These things
are good and should not be neglected, but the Lord is yet
hungering for an intimacy with us.
Mark 11:12-20 tells of Jesus going through an entire day
in hunger. In the morning, having left Bethany, Jesus and
the disciples came to a fig tree. He sought to satisfy His
hunger, but found nothing but leaves. This speaks of a form
of religion without spiritual intimacy.
This hunger had yet to be satisfied when He came to the end
of the day and returned to Bethany, the house of dates. There,
we read in John 12, "they made Him a dinner." At
long last, Jesus' hunger is satisfied. Here was an open door
which Jesus entered, and they supped together.
As we come into an intimate relationship with the living
LORD, we will begin to personally know and understand Him.
We will recognize that there is within the heart of our God
a desire for intimacy that can only be satisfied by us.
We speak evangelistically about there being in each of us
a God-shaped blank that can only be filled by God. We have
experienced trying to fill this void with many things, none
of which satisfy. Only God can fill this blank that is within
each one of us.
In the same way, within God is a void; in my personal relationship
with Him, a "Marvin-shaped blank" that only I can
fill. So also, there is a void that only you may fill. Nothing,
or no one else, can satisfy the hunger within our God, which
is for you to satisfy.
This day, give yourself to the LORD, and press on to know
Him, that you may see the delight upon His face, as you satisfy
the hunger within Him.
Let us, like the Shulemite, declare "Let my Beloved
come into His garden and eat His pleasant fruits." Song
of Songs 4:16.