Stay hungry for the Word of God. A great way to help better understand why this is important is a simple illustration of being sick. Usually when sickness is in your body, the first symptoms are generally subtle. But the moment you lose your appetite, you know the sickness is trying to shut down your immune system entirely. Not eating or getting the right amount of fluids can cause major harm and your body will not get the proper nutrients it needs.
Furthermore, if we start to lose our appetite for the Word of God, the same happens spiritually as it would naturally. Our spirit isn't getting the proper nourishment therefore causing illness. Generally the symptoms are an unsettled spirit, irritation, "being sick and tired of being SICK and tired", or physical illness caused by spiritual disobedience just to name a few. Sometimes I wonder why I feel so irritable or dissatisfied even when things in my life are running smoothly. The answer simply put is that I have not being feeding my spirit enough of the nutrients it needs.
- But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" -Matthew 4:4 ESV
- Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:13-14 ESV
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. -Matthew 5:6 ESV
Stay Hungry for the Word of God! It keeps us healthy spiritually as well as naturally. So... what are you feeding your spirit? Share in the comments below.