Cultivating a Divine Appetite

Unlike physical hunger, our appetite for God is never fully satisfied. Once we’ve satisfied our physical hunger we no longer want to eat, at least until we become hungry again. In fact, the sight, smell, or even the thought of food can repulse us after we’ve eaten our fill. Proverbs 27:7 describes the phenomenon like this: “He who is full loathes honey, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

But the opposite is true with regard to our appetite for God. In the very act of satisfying it, the appetite intensifies. For many this may be something new and different. If you’ve never actively sought to cultivate your appetite for God, you may not realize how this appetite develops.

Let me explain. If you’ve never tasted cheesecake, gone to a professional football game, or watched the sun set over the ocean, you can’t really know what you’re missing. Consequently, you probably don’t have much of an appetite for them. It’s only when you’ve experienced something that you realize you want more of it.

That’s precisely why Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” So come to His banquet table today! Experience for yourself that He’s good, and that He satisfies completely. And when you do, something wonderful and life changing will happen: you will find yourself wanting more and more of Him, and less and less of cheap substitutes for Him.

Steve Arterburn