September 6, 2016

Paul M Hanssen

When is anyone most likely to eat? At what point do we seek a table with food on it? When are we prone to go to the refrigerator and look for something appetizing? Naturally the answer to these questions is “when we are hungry”.

There is nothing more frustrating to a wife or a mother who works for hours preparing a meal only to be met with stomachs that are not hungry. When a table is spread with delights and delicacies and nobody wants to eat, the preparer of the spread feels rejected and let down.

God has spread a table for His people, a table of food that only satisfies the soul of the hungry. He has prepared a table for us to feast on. He has given His Word, the bread of life, which gives and sustains life. Yet how many are hungry? How many are seeking for this table with an insatiable hunger and desire for that which God has and is preparing for His own? WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!

As the years have gone by I have noticed a serious trend taking place in the church. God’s people are no longer hungry. Appetites are filled with other tables, not the table of the Lord.  All you have to do is go on social media and see what God’s people are drawn to, what they like, what they are reading and sharing with each other. I see a table being shared among the brethren that is sickening, carnal, worldly, sinful, sensual, full of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (1 John 2:16) WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!

Mary, the mother of Jesus, upon meeting Elisabeth, declared in her adoration to God her Savior “HE HATH FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; AND THE RICH HE HATH SENT AWAY EMPTY” Luke 1:53

To be hungry simply means to crave, famished, toil for daily subsistence, indigent. What are God’s people craving for these days? What are we toiling for in our daily “search” for the satisfying of our appetites? WE HAVE A PROBLEM?

Take note that the rich He sends away empty. In Revelation chapter three and verse seventeen we see the Lord speaking to the church of Laodicea who very brazenly, arrogantly and as a matter of fact made the statement that they were rich and increased with goods, and needed nothing.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: (Revelation 3:17)

The word rich in Mary’s adoration is the same as increased with goods in this passage in Revelation. Those increased with goods go away empty. They have no room to eat of the delicacies provided by the Lord. Their appetites are full, increased with the goods of this world. In this case there is no hunger or craving for the things of God. Hence, God’s own people go away empty and void of spiritual substance. WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!

The church, in general, is filling their souls with vain, empty, none nourishing substance. The attraction on social media is about the latest fashion, or how cute someone’s new hairdo looks. It is about sexy bodies (sorry for being so blunt and bold) and the right kind of food or exercise to gain such a body. It is about the latest TV programs, movie stars or music. It is about the latest gossip or the squabbling interactions between the brethren. Yet, when some brave soul shares a scripture, or a meaningful quote, or a lesson from God’s Word it is obvious these things are not touching the appetite or hunger of people. Such sharing is often met with scorn. WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!

This church age has become rich and increased with goods yet unaware of just how wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked we have become. This spirit that dominates this church age is making God sick; yes, literally so sick He spews this generation out of His own mouth. (Rev 3:16) WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!

When will the church wake up, or will it indeed wake up? When will we realize that all satisfaction of soul and spirit comes from God alone? When will God’s people come to the Living God with hunger, craving and desire for Him once again?

For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

God satisfies (fills, sates, gives enough, fills with plenty of) the longing soul, and fills the hungry with goodness (bounty, cheerfulness, joy, pleasure, wealth, the best, prosperity). Why do we need to seek elsewhere for this satisfying goodness provided for on the table of the LORD?! One of the greatest invitations our Master has given us is to “Come and dine”. Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. (John 21:12) He gives the best! He stands at the door and knocks and promises that all who open the door to Him will experience Him supping with them, and them with Him. (Rev 3:20) THEN WE WILL NOT HAVE THE PROBLEM, BUT THE SOLUTION!! It’s time to repent!


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