The importance of our walk with God isn’t always recognizable until we have drifted away from it. Imagine that you are taking a walk, and you ate dinner right before you left.  You may not feel the need for food at the time because you are still full from the last meal, but the further you walk without food, the more you feel the need for it.  If you ignore the need, the pangs will go away for a while.  Eventually, if you ignore them completely, you will starve to death.

People generally don’t starve themselves to death because the discomfort of starvation keeps them in search of food.  The survival mechanism takes over, and no matter what it takes, most people will make sure they are fed and clothed at the very least.  We feel a need to be fed because our  bodies cannot operate properly without sustenance.

The sustenance of God’s word keeps us living in His light.  When we starve ourselves from the commands of God we are operating in a weakened state.  We can’t walk as far or as long.  Yet often our temporal priorities overwhelm our eternal ones.  How many times do we consider our physical hunger over our spiritual need?  Probably more than we should!

This doesn’t make eating wrong or unspiritual.  This puts priorities in perspective.  The food we eat is a symbol of the food of God’s Word that keeps us energized throughout the day.  Some people choose to fast food to place their minds on things of eternal consequence.  Not everyone needs to do this.  However, it reminds us of our purpose here: not to satisfy the impulsive desires of nature but to fulfill our duties to an eternal God.

As young women, we all need to attain and maintain a hunger after God.  Following Him should be as necessary as breakfast!  Unless His word is taken to heart it will not be taken through life.  Make Him your strength throughout the day, just like the food you eat.  This is what draws and keeps us close to Him!

To Think About

  • Where is God on your priority list?  How about His word?
  • Do you have a need/hunger for God?  Why or why not?
  •   What are ways you can “feed” on the word of God?

Oh, God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water… My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.”  (Ps.63:1-7)