Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, September 8, 2017

Be Careful of What You Hunger for When You Get Hungry

Ever notice how the hungrier you are the more you lower your standards for what you are willing eat? I think back to one time when I was probably 12 or 13. I was out playing basketball in my backyard with some of my buddies. I don't remember what time of day it was, but I do know I had been out there for a while. We played game after game on that dusty court. Then all of a sudden I started to feel weak and jittery. I felt a little light-headed too. And I had the sudden craving for something sweet.

I didn't know what was wrong with me then. Down the road when I learned of what diabetes was, I thought maybe I was a diabetic. That's been checked, and checked off. No diabetes. So then I realized I had simply burned up my energy reserves. I was a skinny lil fella then so I had little stored up in fat. So that feeling and craving was my body's way of telling me to refuel. Sort of like the "Fuel Low" indicator on cars now.

So I told the boys I had to see them later. I went into the house searching for something sweet in momma's kitchen. I couldn't find anything, except for an almost spent half-gallon carton of ice cream in the freezer. It was the three kind, Neapolitan, with nothing but a smidgen of strawberry left. I don't particularly like strawberry. Not to mention, because no one else liked it much either, it had been there long enough to get a little freezer burn. Good for throwing in the trash right? Normally I would think so too. But I was hungry, shaky and jittery. So, I grabbed a spoon and cleaned out that carton.

Oh come on. Don't give me that look. You know you have done it. Maybe not with old ice cream, but perhaps with pizza so old it was curled up on the end. Or left overs that didn't quite pass the smell test. You know how it is. The hungrier you are the more you lower your standards for what you are willing eat. So we have to watch what we hunger for when we get hungry.

And that's not just true for us physically speaking. It is true for us emotionally and spiritually as well. When we are weak and low, we have the tendency to lower our standards, slide our morals to the back burner, give thought to things we normally say no to. When we are emotionally weak and spiritually hungry we will find ourselves tempted by things we never would even blink at otherwise.

I am sharing this because it's important that you know that; most importantly because satan already knows that. Why do you think he tempted Adam and Eve with the fruit? Why else would he tempt Joseph (old testament) with sexual promises from Potiphar's wife after he had spent 2 years in prison? Why would he wait to tempt Jesus after He had fasted for 40 days? You better believe that satan understands your hunger better than you do.

So what are we to do? Well, first of all, as best we can, we need not let ourselves get to the point of spiritual or emotional starvation. We need to feast on God's word DAILY! Let it fill and nourish our souls. And not just books that others have written about the Bible. Those are ok, but don't let that be your only source of spiritual food. If you're not a babe in Christ any more, then you need to eat more than just the regurgitated words from someone else. You should go directly to the table of the Lord and eat the bread of life. You eat every day right? So read the Bible everyday!

We should also satisfy ourselves emotionally on the things, or even with the people, that are acceptable to God. You know who and what they are and aren't without me having to go into detail about it. Right?! If you're the Bible!

But even with that, we will sometimes still find our spiritual stomachs growling. And what if there is nothing around but what's like that freezer burned ice cream? Well, then you listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40: 29-31)

My friend, if you're hungry, Wait on the Lord! And be careful what you hunger for when you get hungry.

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