Food, water, clothing and shelter are the most inevitable parts of our life. We may be able to survive without proper clothing and shelter, but it’s impossible to survive without food and water. In fact, we all work and earn money for this very reason, to have good food, water, clothing and shelter. To a hungry man providing cloth and shelter doesn’t help him, but the food will. Hunger while it’s an action and emotion in the body, there are other hunger in mind and soul! Depending on the person’s interest there are certain things people like to earn such as iPhone, laptops, etc. some may not be able to afford them, but they have a deep desire, a hunger to own one! That’s the hunger of the mind, whereas the hunger to listen to the word of God is the spiritual hunger or the hunger of the soul. A balanced satisfaction of hunger in body, mind and soul is needed for a successful life. But the sad reality is most of us run behind the satisfaction of body and mind but not spirit.
Psalms 107: 9 says – ‘For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’ (Psalm 107:9 NIV)
Psalms 107 is a beautiful Psalm written by King David and a brief history of Israel is summarized in this Psalm. It talks about the difficulties Israelites went through their exodus from Egypt until they reached their Promised Land ‘Israel’ and the amazing ways of God, who delivered them from all their troubles. It is written as a thanksgiving psalm. As we see in the first verses they set forth from Egypt under the leadership of Moses a big crowd of 4,000,000 people, animals and other possessions! They were faithful to God when they were freed from the hands of Pharaoh, but soon as they departed from Egypt they started showing their true nature. It is not easy to provide food for this big crowd and the crowd were not ready to accept it and soon they started turning their own way not listening to God. This made God angry and God made them wander all over the place. But once they realized they are wrong and cannot do as they wish, they repented and came back to Moses and Moses stood as a middleman between God and Man, and God looking at Moses felt pity on them and delivered them out of their troubles. The people were hungry and thirsty and God in the middle of the desert where there are absolutely no resources, He made the water to come from rocks and fed them with ‘Manna’ the heavenly food from the sky! They had to wander for 40 long years, but their sandals never wear out nor their cloths tore. Children who were born during the journey were not babies by the end of the journey, but 40 year old adults! Their clothes and sandals grew as they grew! God delivered them by giving victory over the enemies on their epic journey. Thus God provided and protected them amazingly and here King David recollects all the amazing ways how God led his forefathers and brought into the Promised Land Israel is thanking God in the entire Psalm.
‘Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.’ (Psalm 107:1-9 NIV)
When we look at the Gospel of Luke we see this same verse repeated by Mary, the mother of Jesus. ‘He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.’ (Luke 1:53 NIV). Here Mary was visiting her relative Elizabeth while she was carrying Jesus in her womb. Zechariah and Elizabeth were old couples who didn’t have any child. They waited for a long time, but nothing happened. When they had given up all hopes and looking forward to their old age, God sends his Angel Gabriel to Zachariah and spoke to him about the birth of a John the Baptist as their son! Meanwhile, after six months same Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary and spoke to her about the birth of Jesus while she was a virgin! Now, after Gabriel left Mary went to meet Elizabeth and in her joy she said the verse we read above.
Zachariah and Elizabeth both waited so long for a child, but unfortunately they didn’t have a child. They lost their hope and gave up everything. They were looking into their old age when God sends his Angel and spoke to Zachariah. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing as they were old, but God had greater plans and He respected their desire of having a child and in spite the fact they were old God blessed them with a baby! Who was not just any baby, but whom Jesus called the greatest ever born from a mother! John, John the Baptist! Seeing the great miracle of God, Mary couldn’t keep quiet but praised God who satisfies the hunger of hearts! They were insulted for not having any children, but when it was God’s time, they were blessed with the greatest man ever born John the Baptist!
“I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John”(Luke 7:28 NIV)
Another similar incident is seen in the book of 1 Samuel. Here Hannah was longing for a child in her life. But she didn’t have any child and she was upset with the insults from Peninnah for having no child while she had 10 children. When it became too much and she couldn’t take it anymore, Hannah went to the temple of God and vowed that if God give her a male child she will give him to God forever. God heard the cry of her heart and next year God gave her a male child and she was overwhelmed with joy and said – ‘Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.’ (1 Samuel 2:5-8 NIV). She named him Samuel and as per her vow she sends him to be in the temple of God from when he was a young boy and later he became the great priest, last judge and the greatest prophet in Israel!
‘The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba recognized that Samuel was attested as a prophet of the Lord. The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.’ (1 Samuel 3:19-21 NIV)
Are you hungry for something impossible today? Bring it before God who can make all impossibilities possible. Cry to Him like Hannah, who didn’t cry and tell her worries to someone else, but to Almighty God and God gifted her the best!
Elisha disciple of Elijah, the mighty prophet of God, when knew God was about to take Elijah to heaven asked Elisha what you like to have before he depart and Elisha didn’t ask for any worldly things, but he asked for the double portion of the anointing poured on Elijah and When God separated Elijah God blessed Elisha’s hunger and gifted him the double portion of the spirit of Elijah and did a greater ministry than his master Elijah!
King Solomon became the King of Israel when he was a boy of just 9 years old! But during night in his sleep, God appeared to him in a dream and asked his heart’s desire and instead of asking all wealths, and long life, he asked for the wisdom to rule over the kingdom and God blessed him with great wisdom and made King Solomon the wisest in everyone in the whole world, not only that, but God blessed him with great wealth and honor!
‘The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day. “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.’ (1 Kings 3:4-15 NIV)
God blessed him so much that he was greatest among all kings of his days. He wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs. He even wrote books on botany and zoology!
‘God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the people of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. He was wiser than anyone else, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Kalkol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five. He spoke about plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also spoke about animals and birds, reptiles and fish. From all nations people came to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom.’ (1 Kings 4:29-34 NIV)
My dear readers, what is your hunger for today? Is it something genuine and impossible? Bring your supplication before God, cry to Him. He will definitely hear the cry of your heart and will answer you! Be humble, admit your helplessness. Be submissive and don’t be angry or boss over anyone but patiently submit your supplication before God and wait for an action from Him and He makes everything beautiful in His time! You might think it’s over and not happening, the time has gone and it’s too late, but Lord God your creator knows everything about you from beginning to end before you were born and He will answer you in the right time and give you the best you ask for!
‘He has made everything beautiful in its time.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV)
‘The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people. He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the Lord.’ (Psalm 113:4-9 NIV)
‘He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.’ (Luke 1:51-53 NIV)
‘He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.’ (Proverbs 3:34 NIV)
‘“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.’ (Isaiah 41:17-20 NIV)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NIV)
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11 NIV)
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:11-13 NIV)
‘Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”’ (Luke 18:1-8 NIV)