Sunday, February 24, 2019


Before Church

Sunday, February 24, 2019  Soul-Hunger

Proverbs 10:3
The LORD does not let the soul of the righteous hunger,
but He thwarts the cravings of the wicked.

What is soul-hunger?  This is what God is promising to fill in this verse, so what is soul-hunger?  It is that deep craving, that emptiness that exists in every human soul that can only be filled with God-love.  Some writers have described it as a vacuum that can only expand with the quickening of the soul by grace. Think of a vacuum-packed pouch of snacks; once you cut into it, it expands with the inrush of air.  Like the snack pack, our souls expand with the inrushing of the Holy Spirit.  In Matthew 5:6 Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Christ gives us His righteousness in salvation, and we are satisfied. 

Flip side of this proverb? Wicked cravings are thwarted, denied.  Choosing to be wicked blocks the blessing and the infilling of the Spirit; they go around hungry, not even knowing why or for what.  

All of us yearn to be filled, to have our hunger satisfied.  How do we get filled?  Worship.  Prayer, praise, thanksgiving – not just on our own but with the family of God.  Get to church this morning. Be filled in your soul with the never-ending love of God.

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