Are you Hungry?
This is the
opening line of an award winning television commercial that played just
around 15 years ago. There were several in fact that lasted over a few
years with the same question “Are you Hungry?” It was the commercial
for Cuppa Noodles. And one of my personal favourites. Such a simple
question. In a world of million dollar commercials trying to catch our
attention, stick a jingle in our head and persuade us to buy their
product. This one word stick with us the longest and the clearest
reaches deep inside us something that cries out yes I am hungry or doe
it cry out to a hunger that goes beyond the pangs in our stomach
to a constant hunger in our soul that we so often confuse for
physical hunger. Is this why when we feel lonely we turn to food. Is
this why ice cream soothes the broken heart.
Are you hungry?
Are you Hungry
Does your soul
cry out feed me give me something to sustain me to fill me. Do you
crave the word of God more than bread. Do you crave that which comes
from the mouth of the lord or have you filled yourself with the sugars
of the world that give you that short high but not that sustained
Can you hear
your soul grumbling? Do you crave you daily bread?
This week we
are continuing to look at our attitude for coming to church. Last time
we talked about church being the place where we may release freely all
the thanksgiving we have built up over the week. Thanksgiving is the
key to a joyful life but it is impossible to let out all we feel in the
world we live in sometimes so on Sunday when the faithful gather we may
let it all out. We learn from the word that as believers we have well
of living water that flow out from deep within us and with this we may
give freely to those who are thirsty but if we are thirsty is is
because we don’t believe and or do not allow the water of the spirit to
well up inside us being released in love joy and thanksgiving.
This week we
will look at something that may seem to go against this but it actually
is the second part of a healthy church attitude and that is hunger.
Hunger for His word, Hunger for revelation, hunger for fellowship
(Koinonia) the fellowship that only Christians can have when we they
speak together of the word and their Lord.
He who has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give
some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new
name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
words were found and I did eat them. Now Jeremiah did not literally eat
the scrolls on which the words were rather he consumed them with a
vigor and hunger. He diligently sought and took it in.
esteemed the words of His word more than my necessary food
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with
manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that
man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the
mouth of the LORD.
we not walked long enough in the desert. Do we not hunger for His manna.
LORD said to Moses,
"I have heard the
grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat,
and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know
that I am the LORD your God.'"
That evening quail
came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew
around the camp.
When the dew was
gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor.
When the Israelites
saw it, they said to each other, "What is it?" For they did not know
what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread the LORD has given
you to eat.
This is what the
LORD has commanded: 'Each one is to gather as much as he needs. Take an
omer for each person you have in your tent.'"
The Israelites did
as they were told; some gathered much, some little.
And when they
measured it by the omer, he who gathered much did not have too much,
and he who gathered little did not have too little. Each one gathered
as much as he needed.
Then Moses said to
them, "No one is to keep any of it until morning."
manna for us is the word of the Lord and we must constantly desire it.
If we are always hungry for it, it will always bring us satisfaction.
But if we snack on the sweet things the world offers we are not hungry,
Is this not true in your real life. Read any book that talks of healthy
eating habits and the first step is to cut out snacking. For we eat
even when we are not hungry out of habit and out of the mere fact that
we like the abundance. Three square meals that allow a certain amount
of hunger to build up is the key to good health and it is also the key
to a finicky child. That is a child that has like and dislikes. Most of
these children substitute the vegetables or other foods they should be
eating with snacks and most likely sweets. This is
an important lesson we can learn and the manna in the desert does teach
this. That a regular hunger for God’s word will keep us spiritually
healthy for it will do more than that it will keep us happy and
who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes
we come to church in hunger we will find the sweetness we seek no
matter what the message is or how harsh it is for it will still taste
sweet.. But many do not come with this hunger and so even honey does
not satisfy them. Have you been dissatisfied perhaps you aren’t coming
hungry enough. Perhaps we aren’t showing out hunger enough.
this brings us to our bible passage today. Jesus feeds the 5000. Now
the first thing we must remember about this passage as you all probably
already know that the 5000 refers only to the men and does not include
the number of women and children also present so the number is actually
must greater. I have been thinking about this passage for a while now
about how this miracle occurred. At the wedding in Canaan
the guests we thirsty and so the wine was provided. In the healings of
the bible the key seems to be faith.
Jesus turned and saw
her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And
the woman was healed from that moment.
Then Jesus answered,
"Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted." And her
daughter was healed from that very hour.
"Go," said Jesus,
"your faith has healed you."
But what of the bread
Then Jesus declared,
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and
he who believes in me will never be thirsty.
I can not separate
these ideas and so they meld together and I will go out on a limb and
say that the 5000+ were fed according to their hunger, both their
bellies and their souls satisfied. When we come to church we will only
be satisfied when we come hungry. When we open out bible we will only
be satisfied if we are hungry for His word. We understand God best when
we are hunger for him. We are filled with the Holy Spirit when we are
hungry for it. And like manna falling from heaven it would fall down on
us. And just as with the living water the more we are hungry the more
food will be present for those who are still stuck in the desert. We
may feed them as well because when the baskets were
passed around for leftovers they were filled
Are you Hungry?