It’s getting close to the end of the week, and I’m starving! Not physically starving, of course, but spiritually! I need the Bread of Life and the sincere milk of the Word. I want to drink from the fountain of the water of life and never thirst again! I look forward to the day that is foretold in Revelation 7, which says, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more … For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (vs. 16-17). What a marvelous day that will be!
Tomorrow, on the Lord’s Day, we will have a small foretaste of this great wedding feast. Are you looking forward to it? Hungry for it? Maybe throughout the whole week you’ve had quick “bites to eat” that you sneaked into your day when you could find the time, maybe when you read some devotions in the morning before starting your day, or before meals, or at night before going to bed. But tomorrow is a feast! A whole day set aside to be fed with the only thing that will truly satisfy the hunger of your soul: the Word of God. A whole day! A day where you are given the opportunity to gather together with brothers and sisters in Christ and dine at the Lord’s table not once, but twice. What an amazing blessing!
Imagine that someone has invited you to a huge feast. You get there and the food looks amazing and tastes even better– it must have costed a fortune! Obviously, you would be filled with joy and thanksgiving, right?
Now think about when you enter the Lord’s house on Sundays, where God feeds you with the Bread of Life, paid for with a price far greater than any earthly feast – the blood of His only begotten Son. No other meal on this earth could ever compare to it! So why we aren’t we always filled with joy on the Lord’s Day? Why do we sometimes go to church not with thankful hearts, but grudgingly or just out of habit?
We become like sheep who stray from the path of the Good Shepherd, who leads us in the pastures where we can be fed with the greenest grass and drink from the clearest of streams. Sinfully, we turn from His ways and find ourselves lost in a barren desert, a wasteland where we would die of starvation if not for our loving Shepherd, who takes us in His arms and carries us back to the green pasture.
Today, as you prepare to enter God’s house, hunger for the Lord! Don’t “spoil your meal” by filling yourselves with sinful pleasures and the things of this earth. Prepare your hearts to be filled with the Word of God, the only thing that truly satisfies. And when you enter the Lord’s house tomorrow, be filled with joy and thanksgiving, excited to be fed by His Word, and looking forward to that day when our souls will be forever satisfied.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. – Matthew 5:6
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9