Friday, October 11, 2013

FEED ME!


Just. so. hungry!
 
You’ve been there too haven’t you; when you feel your stomach is ready to devour itself just to be satisfied? When every other thing becomes less important as this gnawing hunger hijacks all other focus but itself.
 
It is one thing to have a taste for something but entirely different to be consumed by need.
It’s the difference between resisting the dessert cart when you’ve just finished a satisfying meal and thinking “How quickly can they get food on the table?” after it’s been a long and stress filled day.
 
Jesus was hungry. In Matthew 4:2 we read “After fasting forty days and nights, He (Jesus) was hungry.” These were not the rumblings of a stomach between lunch and dinner; this was a hunger that was so complete His entire body had been weakened by lack of nourishment.  Satan then comes and says “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)  In other words, “You have the power and the ability, and an opportunity to meet your own needs. Take what you need. Go for it.”
 
We hunger; but for more than food:  we long for love, power, or financial security.
We desire to be recognized, validated, and affirmed.
We hunger for wealth, ease, and significance.
 
These are our appetites and the hunger of our hearts and where we are starving Satan comes and says “You deserve it. You can take it.  Do whatever you can to meet your own needs; to make your own bread.”
 
Cheat.
Flirt.
Discredit another.
Gossip.
Push your way to the top.
Give in to anger and jealousy and self-aggrandizement.
Find the crumbs to feed your soul.
Do whatever it takes.
 
 But the Bible says “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4 :19
 
The Greek word here for supply - pleroo – means:        
to make full, to fill up, i.e. to fill to the full
to cause to abound, to furnish or supply liberally
to render full, i.e. to complete
to fill to the top: so that nothing shall be wanting to full measure, fill to the brim
to make complete in every particular
 
He is the bread that satisfies, fully satisfies: in John 6:35 Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry again.”
 
In Him we find peace when financial concerns would consume us in worry.
In Him we find love when an empty marriage has us ravenous for affirmation.
In Him we find significance that a title, position, or paycheck can never equal.
“Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy!” Psalms 34:5
 
Jesus knew this.  He knew that God would provide for His needs and that it was not up to Him to do whatever it took to take care of himself. 
 
The story concludes “Then the devil went away and angels came and cared for Him.” (Matthew 4:11)
 
Which will it be: the scrapings of your own attempts to quell your hunger or plerro that comes from loving care of your eternal and almighty Father? 

Who will feed you?

1 comment:

Kamaca Champion said...

"It is one thing to have a taste for something but entirely different to be consumed by need." This is so true. And when we are out of God's timing, we become consumed by need. My Pastor was teaching on this week that Jesus alone satisfies our desires for passion, purpose and power. The tricky thing is my heart is deceptive and it's hard to discern when I start creeping over to unhealthy pursuit of passion purpose and power. That is critical to keep in check in ministry and leadership. I love those action movies about government espionage and someone in the high level of govt has turned to spy all in the name of controlling / protecting the people but its really power gone unchecked. Thanks for your insight. Pray with me that I will be filled with Christ.