Proverbs 27: King James Bible
The Hungry Soul – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty seven, Verse 7
7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – The Hungry Soul
There is a rule that I live by, that the verse above reminds me of. That rule is: Never go food shopping with an empty stomach. The Lord actually gave me a bit of a spiritual connection to this small piece of practical advice, that came by way of meditating on the verse above; thinking about where today’s devotion will take us. Bear with me for a moment as I provide a public service by way of some friendly advice…
Have you ever gone to the supermarket on an empty stomach? I have, and it is a miserable existence for those of us who enjoy eating. The entire time, my stomach is insulting me for not consuming everything that catches my eye.
Two things are more likely to happen when you go shopping while hungry. One thing is that because you’re hungry, things you may not have had intentions to buy initially seem like a really good idea when you’re hungrily staring at it. Have you ever done this?
You go to the store and come back, stuff your face, and later on notice a few things that you purchased and thought to yourself: “Why in the world did I bother buying that?” This is one of the mysteries of shopping while hungry. You wind up with things that you wouldn’t have bought on a full stomach.
Secondly, you wind up spending more than you might have originally intended to spend. When the money is there, it doesn’t mind being spent hastily when hungry at the supermarket. When the money isn’t there and you have a narrow list and an exact amount to spend, it is like self abuse to be in there on an empty stomach.
When that happens to me, just paint a picture in your mind of the Cookie Monster surrounded by cookies, but not able to touch them due to lack of money. That’s actually pretty close to how I get in those circumstances.
Never go food shopping with an empty stomach. Take the time to stuff your face before heading out to your local supermarket. This concludes our public service announcement.
So, what’s the significance behind babbling on about all of this? When a man is hungry, he might just eat whatever is placed before him. But what about a hungry soul?
If you want to go fishing for some hungry souls, try looking into the folks that go ghost hunting, UFO watching, consulting psychics, or any of the thousands of different forms of cults out there. Those are souls that will take something butter and eat it as sweet, because it satisfies a craving that we all have.
That craving is a desire for something more. Something more than what we can experience with our natural senses. The different supernatural type situations above are things people turn to as an attempt to fill a void that we are all born with.
There are thousands of ways to mask that hunger of the soul, but none will satisfy, and will always demand more from you as time goes on. None of those things will ever truly fill that void.
That void exists because of our separation from the Father, since the fall of man. This is something that Jesus remedied on the cross, making himself available to fill that void. When we are born again, Jesus comes to dwell inside of us, and the Father does as well (check out scriptures below).
Not just Jesus and the Father, but also the Holy Ghost and a brand new spirit of our own. This is what it takes to fill that void… God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, along with a new born again spirit.
All this is diverted by the ways of this world, seeking to keep us from being reconnected to the Father in a real and tangible way. Trying to keep us hungry enough to fall for things that we shouldn’t, do things that we otherwise wouldn’t, always finding new wrappers to attract the eyes of a hungry soul.
Even after having the void in our hearts filled as I just discussed, we can still get a hungry soul if we starve ourselves of the Word of the Lord. God’s Word is spirit food, and we need to feed ourselves by his Word every bit as much as our carnal bellies need to be filled.
This keeps us strong in spirit, so that we don’t fall for the whiles of the Devil when they come. We are not tempted by the things that offer to satiate our appetites, because we are already filled with the Words of the Creator of the universe. Or in other words, we’re in the supermarket with a full stomach.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 4: King James Bible
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
John 3: King James Bible
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
John 14: King James Bible
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Thank you for your Word, and thank you that this spiritual milk and meat. Help us to be as consistent as you’d will for us to be concerning your Word, so that the eyes of our understanding are refreshed, and that our soul would be full. Help all of those hungry and thirsty souls out there that are clinging to false things in order to quench their hunger in soul. Use whatever means necessary Father, to lead them to you, and to find the real answers that they are looking for. This we pray on their behalf and in a hope for their salvation. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Did you do your share of shopping for things that offered food for the hungry soul before finding the Lord?