You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.
Remember Esau? Scripture says Esau came in from working one day famished. In a drama queen kind of way Esau declared that he would die if he didn’t get the stew that his younger brother Jacob was deliciously simmering on the fire. Jacob took advantage of Esau’s terrible need and sold the bowl of stew for his inheritance as the oldest. The Message version of the Bible says, “That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn” Read the whole story here.
Staying clear headed around meal time has gotten me thinking about the temptation of Jesus. Is the enemy’s timing a matter of coincidence? “After fasting forty days and forty nights He (Jesus) was hungry.” (Matthew 4:2)
Go deep with me y’all…what if I turn my hunger into a spiritual experience? What if I use that growling stomach as a reminder to pray? A time for thankfulness? A time to say to the Lord, “My god is not my stomach” (Phil.3:19) A time to mimic our Savior and say to the enemy, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) That hunger zone between meals could be a mini-fast dedicated to Him. “But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice you are fasting, except your Father who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17)
Maybe we need to look at hunger in a different way instead of frantically trying to appease the beast by quickly calling Little Caesars. Maybe we should take a moment to focus on God, and then carefully plan what healthy food we will put into our body… in order to honor Him.
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