Hunger And Thirst For More (2)
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.- Deuteronomy 8:3
In Deuteronomy, God gave a reason for what He did "that you may know that man does not live by bread alone..." No wonder the devil tempted Jesus with food when He was hungry. The devil tempted Jesus but Jesus answered, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”.
The devil wanted to take the advantage of the fact that Jesus was hungry to make Him fall for his temptation. As children of God, we are not to take advantage of people’s misfortune. It is an act of selfishness to cash in on other's misfortune to enrich ourselves. Do not catch in on people's misfortune to enrich yourself. A mature man eats to live and to have enough strength to serve God but an immature man lives to eat.
If you are satisfied and complacent, things will only remain as they are; there will be no significant change. The God we serve is a God of over-abundance so if you think you are satisfied with what you already have, aspire to have more for the sake of others God wants to bless through you.
Though God's anointing was also on King Saul just like it was on David, Saul did not have the same hunger for God like King David. No wonder David walked in an unusual anointing with God. When Saul waited for Prophet Samuel to make sacrifice, out of panic that the soldiers might leave him, Saul could not wait any longer and he did the work of a prophet. Saul performed the sacrifice because of impatience and frustration. And as soon as he finished making the sacrifice, Samuel came. Because of this act, God took the kingdom from Saul and gave his neighbour.
But when David became the king, he did the unusual. He ate the showbread in the holy of holies, yet he didn’t die. God had mercy on David because God saw his heart. King David functioned as a king, prophet and priest; three offices for just one man. Why was this so? It was because he was hungry in his heart to defend the course of the God of Israel.
As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? - Psalm 42:1-2
Whatever you do for God today is laid up for your future; be hungry for God because the reward awaits you. Prove to God that you are hungry for Him and great things will happen in your life.
The reason why you have always got the same result is that you have always been doing things the same way. It is only an insane person that goes the same road thinking he will arrive at a different destination. When you do the same thing over and over again, you will always have the same result. That is why life requires a push. Until you desire to achieve more than what you have, you may not move to a greater height. Until you are hungry, you Do not desire food. God wants you to ask for more.
Prayer: My soul will continually thirst, pant and long for you Lord, I will continually long to drink of you, O God, drinking deeply from the streams of pleasure flowing from your presence. I declare that I am blessed and will be a blessing to others in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Matthew 5: 6
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Numbers 24:1-25:18; Luke 2:1-35; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 11:14