“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“One might think that those who feast most often on communion with God are least hungry. They turn often from the innocent pleasures of the world to linger more directly in the presence of God through the revelation of his Word. And there they eat the Bread of Heaven and drink the Living Water by meditation and faith. But, paradoxically, it is not so that they are the least hungry saints. The opposite is the case. The strongest, most mature Christians I have ever met are the hungriest for God
…It might seem that those who eat most would be least hungry. But that’s not the way it works with an inexhaustible fountain, and an infinite feast, and a glorious Lord. When you take your stand on the finished work of God in Christ, and begin to drink at the River of Life and eat the Bread of Heaven, and know that you have found the end of all your longings, you only get hungrier for God. The more satisfaction you experience from God, while still in this world, the greater your desire for the next. For, as C. S. Lewis said, “Our best havings are wantings.”
…The more deeply you walk with Christ,
the hungrier you get for Christ …
the more homesick you get for heaven…
the more you want “all the fullness of God”…
the more you want to be done with sin…
the more you want the Bridegroom to come again …
the more you want the Church revived and purified with the beauty of Jesus…
the more you want a great awakening to God’s reality in the cities…
the more you want to see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ penetrate the darkness of all the unreached peoples of the world…
the more you want to see false worldviews yield to the force of Truth…
the more you want to see pain relieved and tears wiped away and
the more you long for every wrong to be made right
and the justice and grace of God
to fill the earth like the waters cover the sea.
..If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied
. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.
God did not create you for this. There is an appetite for God. And it can be awakened. I invite you to turn from the dulling effects of food and the dangers of idolatry, and to say with some simple fast: “This much, O God, I want you.”
Fasting is an offering of emptiness to show where fullness can be found.
It is a sacrifice of need and hunger.
It says, by its very nature,
“Father, I am empty, but you are full.
I am hungry, but you are the Bread of Heaven.
I am thirsty, but you are the Fountain of Life.
I am weak, but you are strong.
I am poor, but you are rich.
I am foolish, but you are wise.
I am broken, but you are whole.
I am dying, but your steadfast love is better than life (Psalm 63:3).”
My heart is challenged and convicted by Piper’s words. Please change me way down deep on the inside Father, where only You can see.
Thank you Lord for #38-47
38: A special Mother/Daughter time with Hannah: buying her an ice cream cone then snuggling soft puppies
39: The satisfaction of decluttering and letting go of “stuff”
40. The freedom of forgiveness
41. Prisms hung in the window splashing rainbows on the wall
42. Family laughter shared watching an old Andy Griffith Show and time together at the end of the day learning a new game
43. One daughter making the stovetop and kitchen sink sparkle while the other gathered toys outgrown to give away