We are hungry. As a people, as a country, as a culture. We are hungry for food (or at least some edible substance), we are hungry for knowledge, we are hungry for truth. Yet what we are often getting hardly satisfies this ravenous, empty feeling inside. We are being fed, but what is it?
Imagine you are starving, you haven’t eaten for days. Your stomach cramps and growls and you feel weak and weary. Then someone hands you some “food”. This is not what you usually eat, it’s scraps and half rotten food. Maybe it smells a bit past it’s date. Yet you are so hungry, you eat it. You may get sick, or maybe not get the nutrients you need, but for the time being, your stomach has something to digest.
I admit I can spend hours surfing the internet, researching information, “window” shopping, watching videos. Even as I write this post, I’m hopping back to Facebook to see what my friends have posted and play Words with Friends with my Mom. We joke about believing everything we see on television or the world wide web, but this is still a concept our children struggle with. “But Mooooooom! I saw it on the internet! He was a doctor/lawyer/scientist/expert of some sort!” I know they are not the only ones. There are the blatant, obvious, check-out magazine stories we pass by and laugh at. Then there are the stories that are a little sneakier. Like a certain snack cake, they seem so robust, so flavorful, yet when we’re finished, it’s nothing but empty, sugary calories. Nothing remains but our hunger. How can we satisfy this appetite?
Amos 8:11-13 says:
“The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
“In that day the lovely young women and strong young men
will faint because of thirst.”
Sound familiar? Then read Isaiah 55:1-3
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.