Have you experienced being hangry (so hungry you are angry)? You’re busy and forgot to eat lunch again, and you feel your flesh rise up and demand… a steak, cookies, pizza, it doesn’t really matter, just..SOMETHING..NOW! I have been there too.
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” These are the strange words of Jesus, found in John 6:55. True food…True Drink? Eating and drinking Jesus? What does that even mean?
My children have asked, “Why did God make us to have to eat? Wouldn’t it have just been easier to make us to go without it?” I love the ways children think – What a savings of time and money to not have to eat…and I wouldn’t have to cook it either! But God’s design of our bodies shows us about himself – Jesus is taking a very natural law of needing food to survive and equates it to our need for him. And not only our need for him, but his divine ability to meet it.
G.K. Chesterton said, “Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.” Knocking on the door of a brothel is a symptom of hunger (obviously we are not talking about the stomach growling kind anymore). Is binge watching Netflix a hunger? What about unhealthy relationships or posting that selfie to feel “liked”? For some of us, it actually might be food or some other substance we put into our bodies. We fill ourselves with so many other things so we don’t have to feel the loneliness, so we can forget the pain, and to fight boredom instead of discovering our purpose. Are you so hungry for something you are even a little hangry?
What if we took Jesus at his word? Can he really be what we need, what we desire, what we are desparate for? What would our acceptance of Christ look like so that he penetrates our whole being and satisfies us daily like manna from heaven (John 6:31-32)?
He’s definitely been showing me how I’m hangry, but he is also showing me how to be satisfied with him. Will you ask him to show you too? His promise stands that when we come to him we will never be hungry again.