That lack of satisfaction with something in your life, that is called hunger. That need to change something about yourself which never goes away even when you justify it, that is hunger. That lack of peace and happiness you feel, that is hunger. Hunger is similar to the empty, burning you feel in your stomach pouch when your body runs low on fuel, sometimes hunger is manifested in other areas of your body, such as weakness, tiredness, irritability. Those who have low blood sugar often feel the pains of hunger and learn to easily identify when they need to eat. It is common knowledge that those of us who overeat on food, are often try to substitute soul hunger for physical hunger. We even are so convinced that it is hard to train our brain otherwise, stressful eventual= sudden irresistible urge to raid the fridge or order a cheesy pizza.. or .. fill in the blank.
The bible speaks much about soul hunger, and even tells us the name of it, giving it a label for those of us who like and rely on labels, this label can help us identify what we are actually hungry for. This label is called, “righteousness”. Yes, we are deeply hungry for righteousness, to the point that without it we may whither away and die in our souls. The Lord has helped me become familiar with this new label, and as I seek him when I’m feeling dissatisfied, he is teaching me why. True, we humans often have emotions or a longing for something and we can’t even identify what the need is. Some of us who believe we are smart in our rights will often label it ourselves, but we are told that this is foolishness, and to fear God and not rely on our own understanding. He says, “acknowledge me in all your ways and I will make your paths straight”. As smart as I think that I am, I have learned that I really know nothing unless the Lord teaches me. So all that I have is from him. I know much only because I seek him much as a clueless vessel. “Lord, please help me know, I don’t have a clue”. He honors that, he is merciful and expands my understanding a lot. I cannot brag, it is all from him because I admit I don’t have a clue. When we humble ourselves before him, he will lift us up. Humility is simply understanding who the credit truly belongs to, that is all. Those who believe it is because they are naturally smarter than everyone else, are truly the foolish ones, and those who are the dumb and weak in the world, God will lift them up. Actually, we are all the same to God, foolish or humble, he exalts all who ask because he gives graciously to all without finding fault (James 1:5).
So, as I was saying, when I ask God, “why am I feel dissatisfied, why do I feel discontent?” He reminds me of something that I have been struggling with for as long as I can recall, and I think of all the ways I have tried to overcame, only to fail. How I’ve tried to accept it, how at moments of weakness I make excuses and justify it, making room for the flesh. The bottom line is, even though my flesh is so entrenched and does not want to change, but Jesus died so that I can have freedom from that. That is called being dead in the flesh. As long as I live according to the old dead man, I will reap soul death. Jesus died so that I can overcome and rise above.
If I was content living in that state of old ways and having soul death, then I wouldn’t need a Savior nor would I have hope for something better. Yet, because I have been saved by grace through faith, I been promised new life, and for this reason I am dissatisfied. That is called soul hunger. That has been given a label which Jesus called, “righteousness”. He said, “blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied (Matthew 5:6). If you are a Christian, and are feeling dissatisfied, I assure you that you are hungry. Sure, you believe you are hungry for _______.. fill in the blank but I’m predicting what you think belongs in that blank is a desire you have been longing for, but that is not what you are hungry for. What you and I and every person hungers for is to be righteous. The dead hunger for life, those who have never been born again. They are at risk of never obtaining true life as long as they reject the truth and embrace Satan’s lie that there is no true salvation nor purpose in this life. They say coping is the way to handle this life, to make the best of it, and then expect to die, the end. Those who are saved, long for fullness of life. They long to step out of the chicken coop and soar above the storm, because they are now an eagle though in their old way of believing they still live as if they are a chicken who can only hop, flapping its wings and go so far. We all are meant to soar. Soaring is being alive, identifying with life, and this begins with dissatisfaction. Friends, that dissatisfaction is a gift. It is called, “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. Until we meet that need, and rise above our old ways of thinking and believing, then we will never have that need quenched. There is no substitute for it. It is time to stop believing that you can’t, or that you don’t want to change, because that is a lie. Instead, let that hunger motivate you to seek what truly satisfies.
When I understand that this intense hunger is a need to overcome, then I also realize there is more aggression to overcome. I don’t want to be held back any longer. I don’t want to be passively accept status quo. I can’t. I’m hungry. When a person truly becomes hungry enough, they cannot ignore it anymore. At some point they stop waiting for food to fall in their life. If they have no food in the fridge or no money to buy more, than they will beg or start looking in other people’s dumpsters. When we have a hunger for righteousness, we can get so hungry that we will do whatever we have to do to be filled. Thank You Lord Jesus for giving us this hunger. Surely those who have it and see it for what it is, will finally be satisfied.