What does fierce hunger mean to me? What does it look like in real life?
I start with a quick google search. Fierce means having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness. Hunger means to have a strong desire or craving. I think of a wild cat hunched down in tall grasses with eager eyes ready to pounce on its prey.
What about when my kids come inside from playing and declare that they are “starving”? This comment is not permitted in our home, as the word makes me think of those who are truly starving with fierce physical hunger. This kind of hunger provokes an intense physical response — a longing for just a small taste on the lips, a grumbling in our stomachs, a quickening of our hearts in expectancy.
What about when food isn’t involved? When a child cries themselves to sleep begging God for the fighting to stop on the other side of the wall? When a girl or boy uses their body to provoke the attention or affection of another to feel wanted and loved? These too are a kind of fierce hunger.
Are you hungry? Have you been hungry before? Have you felt this hunger being satisfied?
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my thirty some years of life it is this: only God can truly fill our hungry places. I’ve been the girl begging for attention and seeking it in all the wrong places. In the past, I travelled paths to pursue love from a false sense of self-sufficiency. I remained unfulfilled. Never enough. Always longing for more. At the tender age of 8, I asked Jesus to come in my heart and save me. Praise God, I had the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in my soul through the paths I wandered down in the years that followed.
But I know now, as the United Pursuit song “Since Your Love” says:
“You are the light
Song of my life
You always lead me
You are my love
No one before you
All that I am
And I was made by you
I was made for you
Jesus is my best friend. God the Father is a LOVING Father who will never let me down. The Holy Spirit is my counselor. I am so grateful that all of those paths I traveled before finding full communion in God came to dead ends instead of dark alleys or a dead life. I was and am saved. I am unfulfilled without full communion.
Full communion is my fierce hunger today. I long to sit in silence and hear from the Author of my life. Reading the Bible doesn’t feel like a chore or a “have to,” but a delight. I choose to read it, chew on it, and follow God’s Word faithfully by His grace.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 17:20: “So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’”
Fasting is where I get to abstain from food, a category of food, social media, TV, or whatever seems to be keeping me from communion with my Creator. In the space of longing for the thing that I WANT, I get desperate at times. I’m reminded I was made for God, by God, and will be unfulfilled without FULL communion with Him. This brings me into closer intimacy with Him. I feel like the lion cub asking my daddy to snare the prey for me – to tear apart whatever it is I’m pleading for in prayer. Even though I don’t always see the answers right in front of my eyes, I trust and hunger for His answer.
So, what are you hungry for today? Have you come into relationship with my Heavenly Father? May I introduce you? Or, are you asking for a mountain to move? How may I pray for you?
Michelle Brumgard is a wife, homeschooling mom of 2, and prayer warrior who is fiercely hungry to see God’s power on Earth as it is in Heaven. She is also a Revelation Wellness Instructor. Connect with her on social media @MrsBrumgard.
ALISA’S FULL LENGTH CARDIO DANCE & DRUMSTICKS – “ALISA’S FAVORITES”
Grab your wooden spoons, your paint stir sticks, whatever you can click together and get ready to move to the beat. This workout will be a surprisingly fun and challenging time! May your heart and lungs move in time with His beating love for you! (ALL LEVELS) (ROMANS 4:20; DRUMSTICKS)