KEY THOT: As in the physical, we will die if we do not eat and do not drink, so it is in the spiritual. We have a spiritual life beyond the material—beyond the bodily appetites for food and drink. So often, our priority is feeding our physical hunger and thirst but ignore our spiritual hunger or thirst—or attempt to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst with things of this world, viz., the 3 F’s (for guys): fortune (money), females (sex) and fame (power). While these may gratify our bodily and soulish cravings, they can never satisfy our spirit, which hunger and thirst for God alone. Only Jesus as God can satisfy that inner longing for communion and worship of the true God.
Sometime, when Christians are not satisfied in their spirits or where churches have only fed their bodies and their souls but not their spirits, these believers seek to meet their spiritual need through worldly ways as in the 3 F’s. Some may try to fill this void in work; some in recreation (music, sports, etc); some in seeking intellectual stimulation (knowledge); and others in family life. But while we may be successful in these endeavours, they nevertheless will still leave us hungry and thirsty for the true sustenance, viz., God in Christ.
When we say we must put “God first”, we mean more than just re-ordering our priorities—we mean we pursue God first, not just putting ministry first. This inner communion found through his Word and Worship are essentially life-lines for our spirits. We need to worship God in spirit (Spirit) and in truth (Word). Even as we read the Written Word (Scriptures), we are listening to the voice of the Living Word (Spirit/Christ) so we may be refreshed and satisfied in our spirits.
Even ministry can replace God. So, I have to always put priority in my time spent with God alone through His word and private worship. And there is no other way to satisfy our spirits. I always remember what David did when his best friends turned against him, wanting to kill him because of their grief over the loss of their wives and children: “David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Sam 30:6). David went out to be alone with the Lord his God—and found strength in his spirit to rise up from his despair and lead his men to rescue their wives and children captured by the Amalekites.
Father, I thank You for Jesus, for in Him, we have found the true Bread of Life from heaven. Help us never to seek to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst with material things. Amen.