Heart Hunger

( [email protected] ) Sep 23, 2004 10:41 AM EDT

For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9 NIV)

In nature everything moves in the direction of its hungers. In the spiritual world it is not otherwise. We gravitate toward our inward longings, provided of course that those longings are strong enough to move us. Impotent dreaming will not do. The religious urge that is not followed by a corresponding act of the will in the direction of that urge is a waste of emotion. The awe-inspiring power of a discharge of lightning may dissipate itself in the atmosphere and accomplish nothing, while a flashlight battery may provide illumination for a miner hours on end. One is a dramatic display of immense power without direction and the other a quiet application of modest energy to an intelligent purpose.

It is my conviction that much, very much, prayer for and talk about revival these days is wasted energy. Ignoring the confusion of figures, I might say that it is hunger that appears to have no object; it is dreamy wishing that is too weak to produce moral action. It is fanaticism on a high level for, according to John Wesley, "a fanatic is one who seeks desired ends while ignoring the constituted means to reach those ends."


Lord, I do want to be satisfied by You but I seem to lack intensity of hunger and thirst for You. Help me, Lord!


God satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Are we really heart hungry and thirsty for Him or is ours a mere superficial desire to be filled without obedience commitment?