Hungering — aching with desire for Yahuwah [the LORD] — yearning for Father’s presence, His righteousness, His truth. Are you hungering for more of Him?
Yahushua [Jesus] tells us:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled! (Matthew 5:6)
As this verse shows us, it is a blessing to hunger for Yahuwah and His righteousness! How can we keep our hunger and thirst for Yahuwah strong? In Part One of Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger, we saw that fasting helps us to maintain our hunger for Yahuwah. In this Part Two, we will look further at ways to maintain our spiritual hunger for God’s Ways and truth.
An Important Principle
If we truly love Abba ‘Daddy’ Father, then we want to follow Him, abide in Him, and do things that are pleasing in His sight. These are characteristics of Born-Again Believers who hunger for Yahuwah.
Yet, at times, our hungering for Yahuwah seems to be low or weak. Have you noticed this? Sometimes, our “hunger tank” for Yahuwah seems empty. How can we keep our “hunger tank” FULL?
As stated in First the Natural, Then the Spiritual, every detail in our natural, earthly circumstances is not in-significant, but rather very significant, even to the smallest detail. Father lovingly uses the natural realm to shape, refine, and mold us to mature and to prepare us for life in His kingdom.
This principle of First the Natural, Then the Spiritual is an important consideration in maintaining our hunger for Yahuwah. There are many things in the natural realm that can enrich our spiritual hunger — or, there are things that can rob us of our spiritual determination to hunger and thirst after Yahuwah.
The Little Foxes
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. (Song 2:15)
The above little phrase — ‘the little foxes, that spoil the vines’ — aptly describes what the little things are like — the little things that spoil fruitfulness, and consequently spoil our spiritual hungering. They are like little foxes.
What are the little foxes that spoil ?
Foxes are crafty, subtle creatures that can be mischievous and deceitful. Little foxes are a precise picture of something in the natural realm that affects the spiritual realm. What could be as little foxes in the natural realm that are as subtle, deceitful spoilers in the spiritual realm?
First, let us remember that each of us is “a planting of Yahuwah” (Isaiah 61:3). We are to attend to ourselves as though attending a tender plant in Father’s vineyard. This is a necessary element of abiding in “the vine” [Yahushua (Jesus)], so that we may be fruitful “branches” (John 15:5). Therefore we need to keep and guard [maintain] ourselves as tending to a vineyard (Song of Sol. 1:6), and not allow the little foxes to get in and spoil our fruitfulness.
However, it does happen that little foxes can come and spoil the fruitfulness of our spiritual garden.
I once heard Derek Prince say this: “The small things are just as great as the great things!” I have always remembered this little sentence. Remembering the great significance of small, little things helps me to be mindful and to be faithful to do that which is least (Luke 16:10).
With that in mind, I would like to suggest one ‘little fox’ that can rob us of our hunger for Yahuwah.
The Prophet Daniel Purposed In His Heart
But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. (Daniel 1:8)
Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. (Psalms 141:4)
As these verses show us, certain foods, in the natural realm, are as little foxes that can spoil our hunger for Yahuwah in the spiritual realm. In the above verse we see that the prophet Daniel purposed in his heart to not defile himself with the food presented to him from king Nebuchadnezzar’s table.
Daniel, who was familiar with king David’s Psalms, probably lifted up this prayer to Father: “Let me not eat of the dainties of the king of Babylon.” Daniel must have known that the food we eat has a direct effect on us spiritually.
Certainly, all of us have experienced the sluggish, sort of numb feeling we get after eating the rich foods and desserts typically offered at a “party.” When we eat something very rich in sugar or fat, we often feel as though we need to retreat, find our bed, and sleep till morning.
When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat (food). (Proverbs 23:1-3)
Bread (food) of deceit is sweet to a man…. (Proverbs 20:17)
As we see in the above verses, dainties are deceitful foods. Dainties are commonly sweet foods. Food that is very sugary, very rich and appetizing to our tongue is often considered as dainties.
Sugary, rich foods, are desirable by most of us. But it is what this food does to us spiritually that makes it deceitful food. Such dainties deceive us with sweet enticement, giving us a momentary delight. Yet afterwards, we have a dullness of spirit, our fortitude is not as sharp, and we are more inclined to make little compromises. In other words, our hungering and thirsting for Yahuwah becomes weakened and very low.
Dullness of spirit and loss of good judgment is surely a result of having strong drink, or alcoholic drink. My exhortation here however, is for us to consider that rich and sugary foods can also affect us in much the same way.
The Food We Eat
The food we eat may seem like a little thing, but the food we eat has a very significant effect on us spiritually! Deceitful food especially, is like a little fox that can spoil our hungering after Yahuwah. In my experience, dainty, deceitful food spoils our resolve to honour and please Father in the small things.
If we desire to be faithful in that which is least (Luke 16:10), then seeking to be faithful to avoid very sweet dainties is a little, natural thing we can do to guard and protect our hungering for Yahuwah. This is one way we can choose to maintain our hunger for Yahuwah, and thereby we will gain a measure of maturity in our walk with the Master. (For help with faithfulness in little things, see the brief article: A Very Little)
By avoiding deceitful, dainty foods, we will reap the benefits of maintaining our spiritual hunger for Yahuwah. Do an experiment and try going without the rich, heavy, sugary foods for a week or two. Or, do what Daniel did and try such a diet for ten days:
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. …At the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king’s meat. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. (Daniel 1:12,15,20)
As we can see from these Scriptures, Daniel’s diet of legumes, vegetables, and fruits proved to be far superior to the king’s food.
For three years Daniel and his friends kept to this kind of diet. At the end of the three years, when king Nebuchadnezzar inquired of Daniel and his friends, they were found to be ten times better in all matters of wisdom and understanding! Now that is a great spiritual benefit and blessing from faithfully doing one particular, small thing in the natural realm!
I am not advocating a totally vegetarian diet. I am merely encouraging a plain and simple diet, for those who are serious about following Yahuwah, and hungering after Him.
All the nutrition studies confirm how much better it is to have a simple and plain diet. Our bodies naturally function better on such a diet. However, try it for the spiritual benefits that will result from such a diet.
Our Spiritual Hunger
In this one natural area of the food we eat, we would do well to consider carefully what we are eating. Our spiritual hungering for Yahuwah, and His righteousness, can be influenced by something as little as a choice between a scoop of ice cream or a bowl of fruit.
Do not let the little foxes spoil your hungering and thirsting for Father, His Word, His Ways. Purpose, as Daniel did, to avoid the dainties — the deceitful foods. This is one way you will be chasing off the little foxes and maintaining your hunger, as well as your fruitfulness for the Master.
She Avoids Soda Pop
I have a friend who is faithfully dedicated to not drinking soda pop drinks. She is a dental hygienist, so she has learned the very unhealthy effects that carbonated, sugary drinks has on our teeth. She has never had a carbonated soda pop. How she managed to go through her teenage years without such a drink is a total mystery to me!
Yet, she has avoided soda pop all her life, and she has the benefit of NO cavities. However, one of the bigger benefits of this dedication of hers, as I see it, is that she is a very loving person, someone who has a pureness of heart, and she has a great love and hunger for Yahuwah.
Now that is a good example of applying a guard against a ‘little fox.’ It is also an example of first the natural, then the spiritual.
Our ‘vineyard’ needs guarding against the little foxes, so that we can keep our “hunger tank” FULL — being full of desire for Yahuwah!
Let us maintain our hungering for Yahuwah, for this is well-pleasing to our Abba ‘Daddy’ Father.
And — Father rewards those who hunger after Him! He says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled!”
- The companion post is: Blessed Are They Which Do Hunger – Part One
- Spend Time With The Master
- How Can I Satisfy My Thirsty Soul?
- Preparing Your Heart
- Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible
- Seeking God With All Our Heart
- Your Walk With God – an excellent article by Derek Prince