Have you ever gotten busy and skipped lunch? The day skips ahead, it’s four o’clock and all you can think about is Chipotle. It’s common knowledge that nobody should be eating dinner at 4:00 pm, but all you want to do is grab a steak bowl with brown rice, hot salsa, sour cream, cheese, guacamole, and lettuce (yes, I know the guacamole is extra). That deep, burning desire all starts with hunger.
In the book of Acts we find Peter and the other disciples praying together in an upper room. Jesus had recently ascended into Heaven leaving them behind, and they were lost without him. As they were praying, trying to figure out what to do next, something crazy happened.
They saw something like flames of fire that were separated and stood over each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages by the power of the holy spirit was giving them.
The craziness continues as Peter talks to the people outside the building, telling them about Jesus…
Then the people who accepted what Peter said were baptized. About 3,000 people were added to the number of believers that day.
In one day, God empowers people to speak in different languages and 3,000 people believe in Jesus. How did this crazy, incredible miracle happen? It stared with hunger. Rather than ordering Chipotle, Peter and the others followed their hunger for God and sought after him. They were hungry for God so they prayed, and 3,000 people were added to the number of believers that day.
Like you, I have been in plenty of difficult situations in my life, much like the situation the disciples were in when Jesus left them. We ask ourselves what to do next? In those situations, we must constantly remind ourselves to be hungry for more of God. The truth is that anything I can do, God can do better. He can do better with my marriage, my children, my finances, my relationships, and my time. But the only way that will happen is if I feed my hunger for him first.
Lord, let us always be hungry for more of you. Let us never be satisfied with what we see but pursue your plan each and every day.