Sunday, August 6, 2023

What are You Hungry For?

By Ed Wittlif
“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word” (I Peter 2:2a NASB).
    How hungry are you for God’s word? Most of us have three meals per day and snacks.
How many do you partake of the spiritual food of God’s word daily? If you don’t eat to maintain your physical body, the results can damage your health and lead to physical death. At some point, you became a Christian; however, if you are not into God’s word with any regularity, the result will stunt your spiritual growth and lead to spiritual death.
    Bible class Sunday morning, maybe Wednesday evening, listening to a sermon Sunday morning and maybe evening isn’t enough. Perhaps you read a few verses a day or when you remember to. It isn’t enough to snack on the scriptures.
    Hebrews 4:13 teaches that God’s word is active and will affect us. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul focuses on the affect that the inspired word can have on the reader. It teaches, reproves, corrects, trains in righteousness, and prepares us for good works.
    The Holy Spirit is not going supernaturally put God’s word in you. The fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, does not automatically pop into you. It takes work, consistent effort, and time spent in study and meditation. You have developed a habit of feeding your body at certain times, and you need to develop a habit of feeding your spiritual needs at set times.
     What do you hunger for now? Do you hunger for entertainment, games, social media, sports, hobbies, or? All of those can be good things. They are just temporary in the scheme of things. Those things use up valuable time that could be used to be in God’s word or even in doing good works.
    Hymn: “Ancient Words”
    ABBA Father, Creator of everything, I praise You alone. I beg that You help me to develop a hunger for Your word. Cause me to feel it when I miss a spiritual meal. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

- Ed Wittlif lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Ed has written two books, Baptism What is it Good For? and 52 Devotionals on Spiritual Warfare. Both are available on Amazon, He has served the church in many roles and as a shepherd. Ed can be reached at

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