Are we hungry and thirsty for a life that is more satisfying? Have you ever just went to the snack isle or to a drive through and didn’t know what you wanted? Hungry yes, but nothing seemed fulfilling? May we never be satisfied by the artificial substitutes this broken world is selling us to fill the void of our hunger and thirst. Last night in Bible College, my eyes were open to a small nugget in which I quickly wrote down in my notes to share with you this morning. Hunger pertains to the Word of God and thirst pertains to the Spirit of God. The spirit is the muscle but the Word is the bone. The Word is the foundation but the Spirit is what keeps us moving, flowing and healthy.
It has been proven your body can go eight weeks without food as long as you have water. People have gone longer and been fine, and people have starved to death in less time. Being strong and in good physical shape can help you survive longer, but so does having extra body fat. The body stores energy needed to live. The fat is the last to go, which explains why people with more of it can survive longer. There are many factors that go into how long a human can survive without food and water, and the will to do so is one of them. Going without water isn’t smart, and it doesn’t take long before you’re suffering from dehydration. Food is a different story. Humans can go quite a long time without food as long as they’re well hydrated. Your body weight, overall health and the weather play into the scenario as well. So the answer to the question isn’t easy and depends on the person and the situation. But in terms of living without food, heat means faster dehydration — cold means more energy is burned to keep the body’s temperature normal. If you’re lucky enough to be in mild temperatures, you’ll be able to live a little longer without food. Humans need water to live, plain and simple. We lose water through sweat, urine, feces and even breathing. This water needs to be replaced in order for our organs to continue to work properly. It has been said you can’t go longer than 3 days without water and this will depend upon the environment also. When a person goes without water or food for any period of time, it takes toil on the body and on the mind and with the end result being death.
On the spiritual side, hunger can pertain to the Word of God. To be hungry is an uneasy sensation occasioned normally by the want of food; a craving or desire for food. We all should be hungry for the Word and read it on a daily basis. We might be able to go several weeks without the Word (food) but we cannot survive without it.
Being thirsty relates to the Spirit of God. To feel thirst is to experience a painful or uneasy sensation of the throat, as for want of drink. Having the Spirit of God within you is quenching the thirst that every soul desires and is like having strong muscles. You build those muscles. Did you know you have more than 600 muscles in your body? They help you do almost everything from pumping blood throughout your body to lifting. You control some of your muscles and others, like your heart, do their jobs without you thinking about them at all. If we look at the spirit of God as being a way to fill our souls, preventing us from dehydration, then we must get thirsty and go after the spirit. We need the spirit of God to make us function and to make us strong.
When we look at the Word of God to fill our hunger, we can see this is our skeleton. The average adult skeleton has around 206 bones. These bones meet at joints, the majority of which are freely movable. Ligaments are strong strips of fibrous connective tissue that hold bones together at joints, thereby stabilizing the skeleton during movement. The bones, (Word of God) is our foundation to keep the spirit (muscles) living and growing within us. The Word of God is our food to fill our hunger. It is the very things that help us each morning stand up as well as the Spirit is our water. We all can’t live without food (Word of God) for very long and we all cannot live without water (Spirit of God) for very long. The body cannot be bones without muscle or vice versa. We must have both to be healthy (spiritually speaking).
The next time you are thirsty and get a drink of water, think about going to the well where you will never thirst again. Invite the Spirit of God to dwell inside of you and thank Him for keeping you together throughout the day. The next time you are hungry and grab a bite to eat, think about the Word of God, sit down and read your Bible to get the bones strong for it is food that leads to eternal life. Are you hungry and thirsty?
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.