Experts say that it is not best to go grocery shopping when one is hungry, because doing so causes one to not only buy more than necessary but also purchase more unhealthy foods. The same principle applies to our spirits. When we are starving, whether physically or spiritually, we can find ourselves going for just any old thing. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 27:7 (KJV). The Word or the Lord reads:
7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
The Bible is telling us that if we are spiritually filled, we will not hunger for anything — not even those things sweet and desirable — because we have all of our needs met in Christ. On the other hand, if we are spiritually malnourished we will feed our spirit with anything we can find in an effort to get full. When we are full on the Word of God, we won’t take any old advice from any old body. When we are filled with the love of Christ, we won’t settle for what an abuser calls love. You can often hear people speak of needing to fill a void in their life. Some think the secret key to filling that void is marriage and children. Some think it is having a grand career while others seek to fill that void with alcohol. Whereas nothing we find here on earth can satisfy our spiritual hunger, a thriving relationship with Christ is guaranteed to do the trick. We are all born with a void, and that void can only be filled by our Heavenly Father. Fill up on the Word of God, and you won’t find yourself accepting trash as treasure.
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