I’ve been teaching the Bible for over thirty years, and I’m often surprised by how many people tell me that their spiritual hunger is not as strong as it should be. “I want God,” they say, “but my appetite for him isn’t what it once was.” How can this be? We have all heard the story of Jesus feeding thousands with just a few loaves and fishes. The bread multiplied so there would be enough for everyone to share! Why then do some Christians feel like there are not enough loaves and fishes in their lives?
Spiritual Hunger For God
What is spiritual hunger?
Spiritual hunger is the desire to know God. In other words, it’s a desire to have a relationship with God and to be in the presence of God. It’s not just about knowing about Him; it’s about knowing Him personally.
The Bible says that we can experience this spiritual hunger for God through Jesus Christ:
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 16:25
Is there a difference between spiritual hunger and physical hunger?
Spiritual hunger is not the same as physical hunger. While both are legitimate needs, they differ in urgency and intensity. The body’s need for food is a survival instinct, while spiritual hunger is more of a matter of taste. Even though the two types of hunger may be related, they should not be confused with each other:
It’s easy to confuse a legitimate need for spiritual fulfillment with physical ones like thirst or hunger—and sometimes we do! But there’s something about feeling physically hungry that makes it hard to think about anything else. You can’t focus on anything but finding food until that need is met. In contrast, it might take hours or days before you’re ready to acknowledge your emotional needs and seek out ways to address them—especially if you’ve been ignoring them for years .
Can spiritual hunger be faked?
You may be tempted to fake your spiritual hunger. Maybe you are trying to impress a new friend, or perhaps you want your boss to think you are invested in the company’s mission. Whatever the reason for faking spiritual hunger, there is no question that it can lead to disastrous consequences. The Bible warns us about this in 1 John 2:4-5 where it says: “The one who says ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” And then later in verse 12: “If we say that we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness (fake spiritual hunger), we lie and do not practice the truth.”
How do I know if I am truly spiritually hungry?
The first step to knowing whether you have a spiritual hunger is to discover what it means. A lack of spiritual hunger is the reason most people do not actually pursue God, even though they claim that they want to. In fact, many believers live their entire lives without ever experiencing a deep desire for God’s presence and power in their lives.
A spiritual hunger manifests itself as an ache in your soul that only God can fill. It drives you toward Him with an intensity and urgency unlike anything else in life. This drive compels you to spend more time with Him than anyone or anything else in the world because no other thing gives your soul the rest it needs like spending time with Him does!
How can I increase my spiritual hunger for God?
In order to increase your spiritual hunger for God, you can:
> Read the Bible. The more you read about God and His character, the more you will be hungry for Him.
> Pray. When we talk with God about our lives and needs, it helps us know that He cares and has a purpose for our lives.
> Meditate on God’s word. We need to focus our minds on what He says rather than on worldly things (the Internet, TV shows).
> Fast from food or an activity that distracts us from being with the Lord (iPhones/social media) so that we can use our time wisely in serving others! This will help build up your spiritual strength as well;)
> Attend church services regularly and participate in community groups at church if possible–this helps us stay connected with other believers around us who are also seeking after Christ’s Kingdom! In addition… > Be involved in nature activities like hiking trails where there is less noise pollution from cars driving by etc.; these places allow us time alone with nature where we can reflect deeply about life questions such as why do I exist? Why does anyone else exist? How does everything fit together? What happens when I die? What is love?? Etcetera 🙂 So get outside this weekend–it will definitely improve your spiritual life!
We all want God, but many of us don’t think we are truly hungry for him.
There is a reason God tells us to pray. There is a reason we are commanded to seek him. It’s because he is the source of everything good. He is the one who can fill our spiritual hunger, which means he can also fill our physical and emotional hungers as well.
The Bible tells us in Psalm 66:10 “Rejoice in the Lord and be glad! For [God] has made you his chosen people from all nations on earth…He will give you glory if you do what is right, for [he] does not treat everyone alike…” (The Voice)
We are all made for God, but sometimes we forget that. We have to be reminded of our true hunger for him. Spiritual hunger is something that must be worked on daily and can only be satisfied with the presence of God in our lives.