By Debby Mayne
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” Psalm 81:10
My husband and I recently moved, and we’ve been spending quite a bit of time in home improvement stores where there’s always music playing in the background. One afternoon, while I was waiting for a salesperson to finish with another customer, the song “Hungry Heart” came on. As I listened to the lyrics, I thought about how true the line, “Everybody’s got a hungry heart” was.
We all hunger for something. Some of us long for more luxuries than we’ll ever be able to afford, like mansions or expensive cars, while others hunger for the basics—love, food, rest, good health, and a place to call home. While there’s nothing innately wrong with wanting something and setting a goal to obtain it, our hungry hearts are often empty because we’ve forgotten that the Lord provides us with what we need to satisfy our spiritual longings.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
While the Lord has given us the skills and desire to work, earn a living, and provide for our families and ourselves He makes it clear that the hunger of the righteous will be filled with His word. Before we try to satisfy ourselves with worldly things, we need to start with the word of God to truly and deeply satisfy our hungry hearts.
Prayer: Lord, my hungry heart longs for what’s truly important. I pray that I’m able to tune out what the world tries to feed me so I can be filled with Your Word. Only then will I be satisfied. Amen.
Debby Mayne is the author of more than 60 novels and novellas. She writes family and faith-based romances, cozy mysteries, and women’s fiction. Debby grew up in a military family, which meant moving every few years throughout her childhood. She has lived in Alaska, Mississippi, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida, South Carolina, Hawaii, and Japan. Her parents were both from the Deep South, so she enjoys featuring characters with southern drawls, plenty of down-home cooking, and folks with quirky mannerisms. She and her husband currently live in the Charleston, South Carolina, area.