The Lord promises to satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things. (Psalm 107:9)
There is a precondition though. In order to be satisfied and filled, we must first hunger and thirst.
The Lord has prepared a feast, but we develop an appetite based on what we desire and what we desire is based on what we consume.
If you are constantly consuming music that is aggressive and violent then you will have an appetite for aggression and violence. The more you feed it, the more unstable and unsettled you become. You are filled but not “with good things”.
Perhaps you are feeling lonely. Instead of seeking comfort in the arms of God, you turn to social media seeking instant gratification. Meanwhile, you may end up feeding/welcoming feelings of discontentment, inadequacy and jealousy leaving bitterness and a hardened heart! Again, you are full but not “with good things”.
In either scenario, you are full and there is little to no room for Christ to flow. See also: The Free Flow of God.
The Psalmist says in Psalm 63:1:
O God, you are my God, 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.
Do you feel this way about the Lord?
The Lord wants us to be filled up with the Holy Spirit and His word but if we are full on things of this world, which will perish, then we cannot hunger and thirst for Christ let alone appropriately seek Him.
1 John 2:15-17 warns:
Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.
Our desires must align with that of God.
This is not an easy task and requires us to crucify our flesh along with its passions and desires (Galatians 5:24). It is a daily dying to ourselves to then take up our cross and follow Christ (Mark 8:34). We don’t do this alone. The Lord is an ever-present help!
It’s time to start breaking bad habits and be emptied of anything that does not look like Christ. If you are full, you must be emptied.
God will strip you of one thing at a time and make room for something new and good to flourish within you.
As we are slowly being emptied, we will notice that hunger and thirst which the Psalmist is talking about. We should then turn to the Lord and seek to be filled. We MUST be active in seeking Christ in response. See also: I’m built on the Rock.
Pray, go to church, read the Bible, spend time amongst believers, go to confession, engage in the sacraments.
Ask the Lord:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).
The Holy Spirit will begin revealing those parts of us that are not like Christ and gently nudge us to change.
It is useful to become conscious of our habits, our thoughts and what we consume. They will have a direct bearing on how we feel and how we treat others. We may need to stop listening to certain music, watching certain shows or even spending time with certain people.
Anything that is not of God is meant for our harm and destruction. The devil is roaring lion looking for someone to devour. His objective is to steal, kill and destroy. It may be something subtle like stealing your time, your energy, your focus and then destroying your peace, joy, well-being and so on.
If we can keep this plainly in our minds, that God is good, He is FOR us and not against us then accepting the Holy Spirit’s nudges to change will become easier especially as we start seeing who we truly are in Christ.
If you don’t have an appetite for the Lord, it’s time to re-examine and identify what is pulling your attention and filling you up. See also: Don’t Forget to Guard and Protect.
We must redirect our appetites by changing our habits, being conscious of our thoughts and guarding ourselves. Don’t fill yourself up with this world but rather “taste and see that the Lord is good”! (Psalm 34:8)/