38. A Hunger Strike?

I didn’t feel like eating much one morning, so I didn’t order anything other than coffee.

“On a hunger strike?” Stan asked with a smile.

“No, just not up to eating anything this morning.  But don’t let me stop you” I responded.

“No chance of that!  I’m always hungry in the morning”

“But, you know what?” Stan asked with a serious look on his face.


“I was once on a spiritual hunger strike,” Stan said.  “Didn’t eat for a long time, and it was not a good thing.”

“I simply refused to feed on all that God had for me.  I was a believer and I had the Holy Spirit living in me, but I purposefully chose not to feed on Him.”

I was surprised to hear Stan talking like that so I asked him, “What was that all about?”

“Self” was his one-word answer.  “I simply refused to get self out of the way of what the Spirit had for me.  He had all I needed for everything, but I refused to eat.”

My response was “Why did you do that?  Why would anyone do that?”

“It’s all part of the natural man.  It’s called free-will.”

“God knows what He wants for each of us, but He does not impose His will.  He lets me choose.  Sometimes I wish He would just make me do what He know is best for me, but that is not how it works.”

Stan continued, “God wants me to choose Him of my own free will.  In that way, free will is a very good thing.  But when I use my free will to choose a course that is contrary to what God wants for me there are consequences, none of which is good.”

“I’m not sure I understand,” I said to Stan.

“Welcome to the club” Stan replied with a smile.  “I can’t say I understand all there is to know about free will, but I do know that when I choose His will over mine it opens the door for me to feed on all He has for me through His Holy Spirit.”

Continuing, Stan said, “This is a subject we will re-visit.  It is important and deserves our full attention.  For the time being, however, I say choose to get self out of the way and feed on all God has for you.  Don’t be on a hunger strike!”


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22, 23

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the Spirit of Truth Who lives in me.  I confess that I do not listen to Him as often or as much as you want.  You know that, and I know that.  I ask you to help me to want to feed on all of His fruit.  To feed on all He has for me in every aspect of my life.  I ask for your help in choosing what is right and best for me.  Amen.

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