Hunger

Adam Stout

READ : Deuteronomy 8

And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know,

nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread

alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. (v. 3)

My friend asked me to “fish-sit” her pet fish named Savvy. When I arrived it appeared
Savvy was sleeping at the bottom of the bowl, nearly motionless, her red and purple tail
waving gently. I dropped a few pellets of fish food in the bowl. Suddenly she jolted to
life, swam to the surface, and gobbled the pellets as if they were the last morsels of
food on earth. The tenacity with which Savvy attacked her food made me think about stories
of extreme hunger, where people or animals realize that food is not a luxury but a
necessity.

Today’s scripture says that God let the Israelites hunger so they would feel their need
for him. And for millennia, religious people have sought to recognize their dependence on
God by fasting. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I felt hungry for the Word of God?”
When our physical needs (and many of our wants) are met, it is easy to forget that our
very existence comes from the mouth of the Lord. May we remember every day our deep hunger
for the Lord and his Word. Unless we are filled with God, we can never be truly satisfied.

PRAYER