One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet. Proverbs 27:7
Grocery shopping can be a tricky thing during Thanksgiving. If you shop with an empty stomach, you’ll likely fill your cart with pumpkin cream cheese rolls, cheese balls and all matter of holiday ingredients. Items from every shelf will call your name, causing you to spend far more than you anticipated. When you unload everything at home you’ll realize that you don’t have the potatoes! That’s the danger of shopping while hungry – everything seems like a good idea.
It’s far easier to shop logically on a full belly with a list in hand. This way you know what you need and you aren’t tempted by the call of cupcakes in the bakery. You’re able to walk right by the eggnog without a second glance. Perhaps you still accept the sample of ham in the deli, but the point is that when you’re fully prepared you’re able to use better discretion when holiday shopping.
When we spend time in prayer with God, we are filled with the things of Him. We aren’t interested in things the world has to offer, no matter how tempting they may appear. But when we allow ourselves to get too busy to spend time with God, we wander out into the world with hungry hearts. Everything seems sweet and desirable.
We attempt to fill our emptiness with material possessions, the praise of others, and empty, mundane pursuits. Instead of feeling full and satisfied, we’re left with the bitter aftertaste of disappointment and discouragement. It’s a dangerous thing to go out into the world with a hunger inside. We must fill ourselves with His Word. Then we won’t find ourselves unloading our groceries with buyer’s remorse and Thanksgiving panic.
Yes, our Lord is the only thing that satisfies. Fill yourself with His Spirit and Truth so you don’t crave the things of this world. Happy Thanksgiving!