The Remedy for Spiritual Hunger
“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statues; I will not forget your word. . . I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!” Psalm 119:15-16,19
What kind of difference would it make in our lives if we valued God’s Word like the Psalmist does in 119? I don’t know how many times I’ve breezed over this passage without truly having my heart deeply changed. Maybe you can relate, or maybe not...but regardless of where we’re at in our journeys, we constantly fail to fully grasp the importance, beauty, and power of God’s self-revelation in the Scriptures.
The past week has been a wild one. I’ve started new routines and am getting back in the groove of college. Any change has the potential to throw us off if we don’t have a Gospel-centered perspective, and multiple big changes at once tend to distract and overwhelm me in this way. I’ve been feeling anxious and bitter; I’m sluggish and unmotivated despite the great opportunities God has blessed me with. What is wrong with my heart? Truthfully, it has something to do with the fact I’ve neglected to spend time in Scripture lately. If we stopped eating for days on end, we would feel the effects (irritability, stamina, etc.) and recognize our problem is hunger...and the hunger of the soul is no different.
We are so easily entranced by the things of this world, but Scripture re-centers and refocuses us. “Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways” (Psalm 119:37). May we recognize our deepest need is Christ, and seek Him where He can be found...in the Word of God.
Father, You are so kind and wonderful to give us this revelation in Scripture by which we can know and love You. You didn’t have to reveal Yourself to us, but You have communicated with us and then given us Christ, the ultimate revelation of Your attributes and Your love. Overwhelm me with a new appreciation and desire for Your Word. Convict me sharply when I seek sanity and fulfillment in the things of this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Grab Google (or a concordance) and write out some verses that proclaim the importance and greatness of Scripture. See if you can fill an entire page.
Jessica is a native to the Appalachian mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, although she now resides in northern Virginia with her husband. She has been a lover of reading since elementary school and a lover of Christ since high school. She is a full time English major, in hopes that her studies will help her more effectively minister to other through written words. Her favorite things in the world are British tea, old books, autumn leaves, dry humor, and rainy weather. Her goal as a writer is to demonstrate how the Gospel, objective truth, and sound theology are not only applicable, but essential, to all aspects of life as a woman, especially in a world that celebrates sin, false doctrine, and self-sufficiency.