‘He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.’ Psalm 107:9 NKJV
When you’re sick, one of the first questions a doctor asks in order to diagnose your problem is, ‘How’s your appetite?’ That’s because when you lose your desire for food, something’s wrong in your body. And the same principle applies to your spiritual health. One of the characteristics of the great men and women in Scripture is that they hungered for God in prayer and disciplined themselves to study and understand His Word.
What made evangelist George Müller so successful? During his lifetime he read through the Bible some two hundred times—and more than half of those were on his knees, praying over Scripture while studying it. When you know God that well, you’ll pray specifically and get specific answers. The truth is that you were born with a God-shaped blank inside you, and nobody but God can fill it. Greater success won’t. More money won’t. Another relationship won’t. Living in a palace and being a king won’t.
That’s why the psalmist wrote: ‘Lord; teach me Your decrees. With my lips I recount all the laws that come from Your mouth. I rejoice in following Your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on Your precepts and consider Your ways. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your Word… Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law… My soul is consumed with longing for Your laws at all times… Your statutes are my delight; they are my counsellors.’ (Psalm 119:12–24 NIV)
The Word of God is ‘soul food’, so if you’ve been feeding your body and neglecting your soul— rearrange your priorities today.
SoulFood: 2 Sam 22:31–24:25, John 4:13–26, Ps 32, Pr 23:29–35
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023