When a person is hungry they may exaggerate by saying, “I’m starving” but hunger and starvation are nothing alike! When I read about starvation, it was more disturbing than I realized. The thing I found most unsettling is the person becomes too weak to eat. Even if there is food in front of them, at a certain point they will not be able to eat the subsistence that can save their life. In fact, people how are starving reach a point where they don’t even want food anymore. Have you ever been sick and didn’t want to eat, but forced yourself because you knew your body needed the nourishment? Spiritual starvation yields the same results as physical starvation. If you let your spirit man goes too long without eating you become weak.
John 6:35 - Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty
John 7:38 - He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
In both scripture Jesus talks about belief. If Jesus is the Bread of Life that we shall never hunger and has Living Water that we shall never thirst, how do we as believer starve? It’s by not BELIEVING that Jesus is who He says He is. You may say,” I am a believer and would never deny Christ’s identity.” My question then is, “Have you always believed Him for EVERYTHING?” Have you always trusted or been faithful? Are you worried or anxious about your situation? Does it appear no matter how hard you are praying God just doesn’t seem to be moving fast enough? Doesn’t He see what I’m going through? Why is this happening to me? Does that sound like trust and belief that God is in control of everything? Keeping faith and believing that God is incomplete control is hard to do. So how do you cope? By feasting on the Word which is Jesus Christ you take Him in and believe everything written in scripture.
John 1:1-5 - 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There is LIFE in the word! In the physical we have to eat to sustain life. Spiritually we have to digest the word to sustain life. Have you ever reached a point in your spiritual life where you don’t want to pray, read the Bible or even go to church? Maybe life has caused you to feel that way, or maybe you’re too busy to notice that you haven’t talked to the Father in a while. Victims of starvation are too weak to sense thirst, so it isn’t any different if someone doesn’t sense their spiritual thirst.
When one is starving, diseases become common place because the body is so weak. When we are not digesting the Bread of Life, filthy sin becomes common place. We could be in filth and not even bat an eye because our senses are dulled. It is said that when food is gradually withheld, urgent hunger may not be felt at all. Well Lord maybe this Sunday I’ll sleep in you know I had a long day yesterday. Well Lord, I’ll read the Bible later because I just don’t have the time to study right now. Well Lord I’ll call my friend and pray with her some other time because I have my own situation to deal with but you know my heart. We are gradually starving and don’t even notice until one day we find ourselves weakened, dull, diseased with sin and dying a painfully slow death. But if you have lost your taste for the Bread of Life there is hope! First, acknowledge the truth about your condition and repent. Ask God to revive your appetite for HIS WORD. Emphasis on HIS WORD because when your hungry everything taste good. Proverbs 27:7 says Honey seems tasteless to a person who is full but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit, stay in the Word and you will hunger no more!