Spiritual Starvation

“Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes long for the pure milk of the Word that by it you may grow in respect to salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”
1 Peter 2:2
     Thanksgiving is a time to give Thanks to God for our abundances. As US Citizens, we are fortunate to live in an area of the world where we have a lot. Most of us have what it takes to survive beyond our needs. Even though we do have hungry people in our country, starvation is far from what it is in many areas of the world.
But what about our spiritual needs?
Are we starving spiritually?
Are we starving for God, for His Word?
     Picture the people in villages where they are starving. They spend day after day hoping and praying for something to eat and drink. Now picture the food truck coming in to their village. I don’t imagine they sit back like it’s no big deal. No, they RUN eagerly and thankfully to get food and water. They are so excited to have something to help them survive.
That’s how we should be for God’s Word.
“Just as we hunger for food, so should we hunger for God’s Word.”
     We all have cravings…food, material things, physical love, and more. Most of us live a life of great abundance, yet we are not “craving” God, let alone “hungering” or “starving” for Him. Why is that? We are so caught up in our “gods”, like TV, computer games, social activities, addictions, etc. that we don’t make the time or effort, or maybe don’t see the need to replace them with time spent with our Heavenly God.
     It’s not that we don’t have access to His Word. Even though there are places in our world that, for one reason or another, don’t have Bibles, but THAT is not the case with us. We have access to Bibles and God’s Word almost everywhere. Most households have at least one Bible, we can download a Bible app on our phones and tablets, we can get all kinds of Biblical information on our computers, we have millions of publications to help us learn about God such as study books and devotionals. Yet, a majority of us are still starving spiritually.
     As we begin the busy holiday season, take time to learn to crave God. Begin by setting aside time each day for reading His Word. The more we get to know about God, the more we’ll want to actually know Him, and the more we will realize how Spiritually Starved we were.
Happy Thanksgiving!

-Joanie Lawrence-Cain