Why is hunger for God so important? Hunger for God is vital to our spiritual growth, and so much more.
Last night my husband and I were flying back to Melbourne, Australia. Towards the end of the flight, I remembered that this blog on ‘hunger for God’ was due to be published today, and so I turned to the draft of this post.
Instantly, there was a loud sound from beneath us, as the plane’s landing gear descended.
And that’s when I remembered the last line of this article:
Hunger for God is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit.
It was a powerful moment, as the Holy Spirit highlighted the importance of this message. Get ready to encounter God, as the Spirit stirs up a fresh desire for Him in your life today.
4 Reasons to Have Hunger for God
1. Hunger for God Keeps You on Track with God’s Plan for Your Life
Hunger for God keeps you focused on His Presence.
Because God is the focus of your hunger, you desire to be where He is, and you want to follow where He’s going.
It also means, you don’t want to be without Him.
Hunger for God is a powerful motivator to continue in obedience, following and pursuing Jesus.
One of the great pictures of God’s Presence and guidance is the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night in the wilderness. The Bible says:
‘In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.’ (Exodus 40:36-37)
2. Hunger for God Determines Your Spiritual Growth
‘My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.’ (Ps 119:20)
There may be many distractions around your life, but hunger for God will keep you focused on what pleases Him.
Hunger for God will keep you on track in your prayer life, and your Bible study. It will also keep you engaged in the life of your church.
All the things that are necessary to your spiritual growth and maturity, and everything that results from that, are the by-product of your hunger for God.
3. Hunger for God will Enable you to Recover from Mistakes and Failure
Hunger for God will enable you to lift yourself up and to go again, when you have made a mistake, stumbled or fallen.
King David had one of the most public failures recorded in Scripture, when he tried to transfer the Ark, and with it, the manifest Presence of God, to Jerusalem. He did not look up the Scriptures to find out God’s prescribed way of transporting the Ark, which was to be carried on the shoulders of the Levites.
Instead, he mistakenly put it on a new cart—the same way the Philistines had transported it 20 years before. As a result, a young man was killed while trying to protect the ark when the oxen stumbled.
David was crushed, angry, and disappointed. He was publicly humiliated and at first, had a bitter attitude towards God. Unwilling to pursue his dream, he parked the Ark of God at Obed Edom’s place. One day, the rumours started heading David’s way. Everything and everybody at Obed Edom’s place was getting blessed.
When he heard this news, hunger stirred in David’s heart again. He wanted that blessing for the entire nation, he desired to have the Presence of God close at hand. (2 Sam 6)
Hunger enabled David to get back up again after failure. And hunger will enable you to get back up, too.
You may feel as though you are far away from God, you may have made mistakes.
Like David, you may even have felt disappointed with God.
Today, the Holy Spirit is stirring in your heart. It’s time to run again. This is your moment of appointment.
4. Hunger for God is the Landing Strip of the Holy Spirit
It is true that we need a greater revelation of the present spiritual reality that we are filled with all the fullness of God. (Eph 1:17-23, 3:18-19) However, the Bible also reveals that God wants us to pursue encounters with Him, and to seek more of His Spirit and His power. And to do that, we need to be hungry.
In Acts chapter 2, the believers were waiting on God, united in prayer, in anticipation of receiving the Holy Spirit. He was poured out on the Day of Pentecost. Later, in Acts chapter 4, the church was crying out to God in fervent prayer. The Holy Spirit came and shook the building, filling God’s people with boldness.
When you study revivals throughout church history, you see that moves of God come to hungry people, and through hungry people. The Holy Spirit responds to our desire for Him and His power.
Today, let the Spirit of God stir your heart. Let your soul be set on fire with desire for God.
Such a hunger cannot by manufactured by yourself. It is the gift and work of His Spirit. You can invite Him to do that work today.
Moses expressed hunger for God when he said, ‘Show me Your glory.’ (Ex 33:18) As a result, he had a powerful encounter with God.
Hunger is the landing strip of the Holy Spirit. And your hunger for God will lead you to encounter Him.
© 2016 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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