Soul hunger is the same whether we live in the White House or a homeless shelter; whether we’re the latest star, sex symbol or a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother; whether we’re Bill Gates or Fred Sanford. Whoever we are, wherever life has taken us, however much we have or lack, we hunger for more; something richer, deeper, prettier, tastier, faster—something that satisfies.
Some people acknowledge their hunger and seek to satisfy it in socially acceptable ways: education, career, family, friends, or public service. Others grow desperate and angry, and attempt to satisfy their hunger in socially unacceptable ways: promiscuity, the misuse of drugs and alcohol, or even violence.
Whichever category we best fit, our need is the same: God. And the only way to find God is by surrendering to Him. It might not be easy for you to do, but it’s very simple to surrender. Try it.
“If we do not abide in prayer, we will abide in temptation. Let this be one aspect of our daily intercession: “God, preserve my soul, and keep my heart and all its ways so that I will not be entangled.” When this is true in our lives, a passing temptation will not overcome us. We will remain free while others lie in bondage.” - John Owen (1616-1683)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.