The Wilderness and Hunger – Day 3

“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” ~Deuteronomy 8:3

What do you hunger for(?).

hunger     noun hun·ger\ˈhəŋ-gər\
1a : a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient
b : an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food.  The small meal wasn’t enough to satisfy his hunger.
c : a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food died of hunger
2: a strong desire : craving a hunger for success
from hunger : very bad or inept the jokes were from hunger — Mordecai Richler
*Webster Dictionary App

Hunger is a basic human response to provide ones body with sustenance, fuel for the human body to function properly. It is also refers to education, learning and gaining knowledge to be successful in life both personal and professional. I personally feel blessed to have the freedom to discover new ways to feed my hunger. I love being out observing God’s beautiful creation, taking photos of the regular and routine things that are the backdrops of our lives. I like to read, study and discuss politics and religion. I like listening to people tell their story. I crave communication and conversation. I love to write and being creative. All of these things are possible because of God; because God is the creator of all things. The devotional I am reading and commenting about is providing a centralized theme throughout Lent that chronicles the Israelites as the journeyed through the wilderness. Honestly, my belief is that we (humans) continue the same repeated methods of rebellion and disobedience as generations before us did. Have you ever got tired of or bored with something you really wanted and soon after you got it, it lost its appeal (?). I mentioned this yesterday but is important to say again, the Israelites were hungry and what did God give them? Food from Heaven, fresh every single day and what happened, the Israelites got tired of eating the same fresh manna every day, they began to complain and even wished they had never been freed from Pharaoh. Gosh, we are a fickle people aren’t we! God provides in so many ways every single day of our lives, and we often forget even the basic of salutations. The author shares a story about praying and reciting The Lord’s Prayer and how it would draw people together based upon her experiences. She stated that when she attended chapel services on campus they would hold hands reaching across the aisles to one another and it brought to life feelings of community to the participants. I have had the same experience when I was in college and even today in some church services, hold hands with someone connects you on a deeper level with people. It’s reassuring that someone is praying with you and possibly for you.

Are you dependent upon God (?) and if so, what are the things you are dependent for? If you responded, everything; you would be correct.

In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps.
Proverbs 16:9 | NIV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 | NIV

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13 | NIV

Prayer and Fasting ~Matthew 6:5-18
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Breath Prayer: Jesus, all I have is a gift from you. ~Amen

~Blessings and Peace~