We often hear about our need to have a healthy appetite. We need to eat right, which includes not only the amount we eat but also the type of foods we consume. This means less pizza and ice crème and more vegetables.
And while this is important, what’s even more important is our need to have a healthy appetite for God.
Having an appetite for God is about being hungry and thirsty for spiritual things. It was such a hunger and thirst that inspired these words from the Psalmist.
“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2a)
But having such an appetite doesn’t come naturally. In fact, the writer of Hebrews scolds believers telling them by this time in their walk with God that, they should be a lot further along.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” (Hebrews 5:12)
To seek God’s kingdom and righteousness first means that our appetite for the things of God should constantly grow and mature. When this occurs, we’ll have more of an appetite; that is, we’ll have a greater desire and passion for prayer, reading and studying God’s word, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and gathering with other believers to worship and praise the Lord.
There is a truism that says, “Whatever we set our affections upon, that is what will become our reality.”
Therefore, in Colossians 3:1-2, we are told, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
There is also a truth that transcends time, and that is you’ll always have time to do the things you want to do, that is, those things that are most important.
We need to check our checkbooks and calendars to see what these things may be. This will tell us what we hunger and thirst for.
Therefore, who has captured our hearts? Is it the Lord or someone or something else?
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor at Living Waters Fellowship, located at 211 West 1st South, behind ACE Hardware.
Sunday Morning Services begins at 10 a.m. This week our message is “The Unparalleled Grace of Jesus.”
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4 thoughts on “Partake of the Living Waters: Having an Appetite for God”
We serve and awesome God. Take care and God bless
I am reminded of Psalm 37:4-5, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” What this tells me is that when our appetite and affections are for the Lord, and we “delight” ourselves in Him alone, God will then change our hearts to the point to where His desires become our desires.
Very well stated. Thank you. Take care and God bless