79. Waking up Hungry

“In the beginning of my more serious walk with God,” Stan began, “He would wake me early each morning and, in essence, say to me, ‘come on, I’ve got some things to show you.’”

“I would get out of bed and a few minutes later would be at my desk reading God’s word, listening to what He had to say, and writing about it.”

“He woke me up and made me hungry for what He had for me.  Hungry for the food of His word and His voice.”

“Has that hunger subsided over the years?” I asked.

“No, it has gotten greater,” was Stan’s response.  “I wake up hungrier than ever for what He has to feed me.”

“It is what gets me out of bed every single morning.  I wake up with excited anticipation for what He has for me!”

“Do you think that is something you developed on your own?” I asked.

“Absolutely not.  If it was of my own initiative and discipline, I think it would have faded just as all of my own efforts had faded before.”

 “It was God working His will in and through me.  That will not fade as long as I make the right choice to get myself out of His way so He can do what He wants in and through me.”

“That is the same choice that governs everything.  Either I choose Him or I choose self.”

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for building in me the desire to be hungry for what you have for me.  You know my tendency to want to hunger for things of the world that will satisfy myself.  I know that is not of you, and I ask you to help me to always and deeply hunger and thirst for you and your righteousness.  Amen.

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