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Hungry Hearts

John 6:27, 32, 33, 35; Various

Hungry Heart

John 6:27, 32, 33, 35; Various

Good evening and welcome to our nightly Bible devotional. Join with me in singing this old children’s classic. “I Know An Old Lady” was a children’s rhyme written by Rose Bonne and put to music by Alan Mills. Burl Ives made the son famous when he sang it on his album, Folk Songs, Dramatic and Humorous in 1953.

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider;

That wriggled and jiggled and tickled inside her!

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;

How absurd to swallow a bird!

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat;

Imagine that! She swallowed a cat!

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady that swallowed a dog;

She was a hog, to swallow a dog!

She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider;

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a goat;

She just opened her throat and swallowed a goat!

She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,

She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider;

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow;

I don't know how she swallowed a cow!

She swallowed the cow to catch the goat,

She swallowed the goat to catch the dog,

She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,

She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,

She swallowed the bird to catch the spider;

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;

I don't know why she swallowed a fly - Perhaps she'll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse;

...She's dead, of course!

You may ask why I would sing this ridiculous song about an old lady with an eating disorder. Well, I have to admit to you that I have an eating disorder too. I am afraid to tell you that I have almost never experienced a time when I had little or no appetite. That maybe somewhat obvious to those who look at me. It is expressed in my weight problem because I have seldom passed up a meal or the opportunity to eat.

When I was a child I would tell my mom or dad that I was hungry. My dad would say, “What’s new?” or my mother would say, “I don’t know a time when you weren’t hungry.” I could eat and then moments later eat again and again.

My appetite has got me into trouble on a number of occasions. On one occasion I was supposed to go to a young girl’s house to talk to her and her parents about her getting baptized. It was supper time and I thought this would be a fairly quick event. So I ate down my supper of pork chops, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes and drove to her house. We had a very nice talk and made our plans for her to be baptized at church on the following Sunday.

The young girl was from Ghana, Africa. Here and her family were here on an educational sabbatical from the mission field. As I was getting ready to leave her father asked me to stay for supper. I made my apologies but I could see the disappointment on his face. His daughter took me aside and told me that it was considered and insult not to accept an invitation to dinner in her country. So I changed my mind and her father was pleased.

We sat down to eat the meal of baked fish and Ugali, which is kind of a starchy, cornmeal much that is a very common side dish in Ghana. Being the guest of honor I was given the opportunity to eat the eyes from the fish. Luckily, the father wasn’t insulted when I declined because that meant he could eat them. We had a good time and I must admit that I ate a significant amount to make my host well pleased. That would later come back to haunt me with a significant belly ache… For some reason, baked fish and Ugali doesn’t go well with pork chops and sauerkraut.

Being sick and tired of being sick and tired brought me to the point of trying to manage my appetite and my weight problem. At a weight watchers meeting I learned that control is important. Instead of eating to fill myself up I needed to learn when to be satisfied and stop before I am too full. As I did, I began lose weight and feel better about myself.

Another thing is learning what your body is hungry for instead of just shoving stuff in you throat-hole until your stomach is full and still not being satisfied. Learning what your body is hungry for is a real discipline that takes work and practice.

It’s like that in life too. Learning what your life is hungry for and going after the right things is hard. It’s a discipline that takes a lot of work. We often find that we are not satisfied because we try to fill the hole in our life with everything else than what we really need. But the Bible gives us some very good clues:

Ezekiel 7:19 says, “‘They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be treated as a thing unclean. Their silver and gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath. It will not satisfy their hunger or fill their stomachs, for it has caused them to stumble into sin.”

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied“ (Mt 5:6).

1 Peter 2:2 says, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation.”

Psalm 107:8-7 - “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

If you truly want to be satisfied then focus on God and his word. They are the only things that really satisfy without all the side effects and problems that come from feasting on the wrong things.

You will not be satisfied with money. You will not be satisfied with a promotion at work. You will not be satisfied by dating supermodels or by finding a trophy wife. You will not be satisfied by drugs, alcohol, or any other kind of substance. You will not even find that you are satisfied by food. Nothing can fill that hole but Jesus.

Jesus said in John 6, “Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval… Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world…I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jn 6:27, 32, 33, 35.

Do you have a hungry heart for God?

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord Almighty, You have everything we need to sustain us. Thank you providing for us, protecting us, guiding us, and showing us your way to satisfaction.Thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ who paid the price for our sins. Help us to always hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Satisfy us with your richest of fare. In Jesus name, AMEN!

I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

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