The hungriest eat the most. That is the phrase that I heard from Pastor Eury and it stuck to me because I have pretty much lived by this principle my whole life when it comes to food! When I come across motivational videos on my Instagram feed or Youtube, I can’t help get pumped up to go tackle the world but a common thread through them all is the need to constantly stay hungry to advance. All the elite athletes or people in their field always talk about having that need to stay hungry if they want to keep progressing and it is when we get comfortable that we begin to lose our edge.
When an older athlete meets a younger one, there is this analysis from commentators that I hear often about how the savvy veteran has to be careful of the young and hungry lion that wants to use the veteran as a stepping stone to greatness.
Make no mistakes, the hungry lions are the ones that are always in the front leading the way!
The Lord is speaking to Jeremiah in today’s passage of the state of Israel and how they have fallen from their ways and ultimately from Him. I believe this is because the Israelites allowed comfort of the Promise Land to get them into a place of vulnerability from things that would sway them away from the Lord. They Israelites lost their hunger for the things of God.
Is being comfortable a bad thing? Not necessarily but having too much comfort can open doors for us that may not necessarily be doors open to the LORD. Let’s find out what happened to them.
“Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD, “I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.”
When the Israelites were in the wilderness, they experienced hardship and discomfort but that brought them close to the LORD. Yes they were not perfect but that moment in history was mainly due to faith issue rather than outright rejection of God. We are always seeking the Promise Land to become comfortable and comfort is not a bad thing but let us not waste the other half of life, which involves discomfort. We can redeem difficult situations to be places where we actually go deeper with the Lord. Like any relationship there will be hardship but how we face it will determine growth or division. How do we handle difficult times to grow closer in relationships? We grow closer when we get closer rather than distancing ourselves from the other.
Thus says the LORD: “What wrong did your fathers find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
Where is the LORD?
This phrase comes up twice in today’s passage and this phrase is the heart condition of Israel. The phrase, “where is the LORD”, is not that God Himself is absent but the question is highlighting where God is in the life of Israel. It is so easy in the midst of comfort to not address this question. Where is the Lord is a question we ask God during hard times but where is the Lord is what we have to ask ourselves when we prosper so that we may keep Him in the forefront of our minds!
Prosperity is good but should never blind us to this question and heart check as to where God is in our lives because it is so easy to forget Him and when we start forgetting we are inviting sin to rule over us thus when the LORD calls us to meditate on His word to remember Him, it is because He knows the power of forgetfulness.
Like hungry lions, if we want to pursue the Lord in an ever deepening relationship that does not die out, we must pursue, pursue, pursue, pursue, and never stop pursuing intimacy with God! It’s not that we beg for it as if we don’t have it but we must cherish it so that our passion gets us deeper in it.
Today, ask yourselves… Where is the LORD?