Proverbs 27    (July 20)

                                       The Hungry Child

            “…but to a ravenous appetite even the bitter is sweet.”

            The first Christmas that little Mayra enjoyed in the United States was one of the best experiences in her entire life. She had only experienced extreme poverty and continuous suffering in her native land, before she migrated to the land of the free.

             On that night, she rejoiced in the sweet company of her family and received many presents, including toys and beautiful clothes. But what she enjoyed the most was the food. The table was full from one end to the other, with delicious dishes that little Mayra had never seen before in her life.

             She had a truly glorious time in that “royal feast.” She had not eaten a good meal for several years; in fact she had no recollection of ever having eating a complete meal in her life. She devoured everything in just a short period of time and did not even leave a single grain of rice on her plate.

            The children of God can learn a lesson or two from this hungry girl. Too often we take for granted all the blessings that we receive from God and somehow think that we deserve them, or that we are always going to have “what we want, when we want it.”

            Christians must learn to be hungry and thirsty for God every single day of their lives. We must learn to enjoy all the divine blessings (physical and spiritual) we have in Christ and to be grateful in everything.

             Are you hungry today? No, I’m not asking you if you want to eat, but I want to know if you are really hungry for God. The food, drinks and all the pleasures of this world will never fill us up or satisfy us completely, but those who are hungry and thirsty for God will be satisfied.

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