A Basic Need
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. – Psalm 40:4-5.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3.
During their attempt to reach the South Pole, Ernest Henry Shackleton and his men were reduced to twenty ounces of food per man each day. This left them constantly hungry and continually craving food. They imagined meals of plenty and dreamed of giving banquets to each other. Neither the glory of great mountains towering around them nor the majesty of the glacier up which they moved had any appeal. “Man becomes very primitive when he is hungry and short of food,” Shackleton wrote, “and we learned to know what it is to be desperately hungry.”
Jesus offers special blessing to those who, through knowledge of their spiritual poverty, passionately seek God. They will be filled with the God for whom they hunger, he promises. And what a difference. When physically starved, we indeed become primitive, seeking only to save ourselves. Yet when spiritually starved, we reach our highest level of development. We are at our best, not our worst, for we become like the God we seek.