“My teaching was as if I were giving you milk to drink. I could not give you meat because you were not ready for it. Even yet you are not able to have anything but milk”(1 Corinthians 3.2 NLV).
We have in essence two stomachs: our spiritual stomach and our carnal stomach. Our spiritual stomach feeds the part of us that controlled by God and our carnal stomach feeds the part of us that is controlled by self. Both stomachs ache with hunger, but when we refuse to feed one, the growling subsides, digestion slows and hunger finally diminishes. Many people no longer feel the hunger pains of their spiritual stomach. They’ve concentrated all their energy feeding their carnal desires, putting the spiritual stomach’s needs on the back burner. The ache and longing of the spiritual stomach fades until by chance or circumstance, it is fed a tiny morsel of food—a sermon, a book, a chat, a devotional or a friend drops in spiritual nutrients that causes the stomach to feel again. Suddenly, the spiritual stomach roars with hunger, willing the person to either feed it or ignore it once more. Feeding the spiritual stomach takes obedience and a listening heart. When we put our desires on the back burner and wait intently on God’s voice, we are now feeding our spiritual stomach. Every time we seek His will, press into His character and dive into His Word, we pour substance into our spiritual life. We become spiritually strong and our carnal desires become less emphatic when our spiritual stomach is fed. As we continue to feed our spiritual stomach, it is able to take greater and richer nutrients, digesting spiritual truths with ease–moving from milk to meat.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5.6 NIV).