Cultivating a Divine Appetite
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. - Isaiah 55:2
Unlike physical hunger, our appetite for God is never fully satisfied. Once we’ve satisfied our physical hunger we no longer want to eat, at least until we become hungry again. In fact, the sight, smell, or even the thought of food can repulse us after we’ve eaten our fill. Proverbs 27:7 describes the phenomenon like this: “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.”
But the opposite is true with regard to our appetite for God. In the very act of satisfying it, the appetite intensifies. This may be something new and different for you, so let me explain.
If you’ve never tasted cheesecake, gone to a professional football game, or watched the sun set over the ocean, you can’t really know what you’re missing. Consequently, you probably don’t have much of an appetite for those things. It’s only when you’ve experienced something that you realize you want more of it.
That’s what Psalm 34:8 is telling us: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Experience for yourself that He’s good, and that He satisfies completely. And when you do, something wonderful and life changing will happen–you will find yourself wanting more and more of Him, and less and less of the world’s cheap substitutes for Him.
“Life is as a jelly roll. When you think you have it eaten, it comes out the other end. ” - Christopher P. Buonanno
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
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