…and I will give you a big surprise!” We used to say that to each other as kids when we played a joke on one another. Usually it was an unwanted pickle off a sandwich or some such thing…never anything mean or gross. Although my oldest brother did have a habit of protecting his special food items from infiltration by publicly licking them all over before he stashed them. 😛
Growing things have insatiable appetites…have you noticed? If you have kids in your house, are they ever full? I mean for more than 5 or 10 minutes together? My kids are seemingly always standing in front of the open fridge, or perusing the cabinets for “something.” I am continually in quest of cheap snacks. I have given up on having leftovers to put away after dinner, especially if the meal was a favorite one. If it weren’t for the Dollar Store, the clearance areas at the grocer’s, and eating lots of popcorn, we’d be in real trouble!
God expects for us to have this kind of appetite, too. It is assumed that we will be “growing things.” If we are not growing, we are remaining in an infantile state, surviving on only milk. Something is wrong with that picture. We are to “make like a baby bird” when it comes to the Word of God:
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10
God told the people of Israel that they would be satisfied (v. 16) with something far better than the leeks and onions and melons they had hankered after. Satisfied. Only God can do that. You will never experience satisfaction for your heart any other way. Mark it down. Open your mouth as wide as you can, and crave what He alone has to offer to you. He put it this way:
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:1-6
Just look at all those verbs. This is an active thing. Are you this eager, this hungry? Out of His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. His will fill yours. Simple.
Here’s a great message from last Sunday morning at my church. You’ll find encouragement in it, if you are hungering and thirsting after righteousness.