Think for a minute about the food and drink you consume on a daily basis. You hopefully eat three well balanced meals, with maybe a small snack here and there is boost your energy, and you drink the recommended eight 8-ounce glasses of water. There are all sorts of calculations to determine the proper daily estimated energy requirement (calories) to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are four main variables that go into the calculation: sex, age, weight, and activity level. The USDA estimates that a 50-year old moderately active adult male needs 2,400 calories per day while a 50-year old moderately active female needs 2,000 calories. You should check with your doctor or nutritionist to determine your recommended calorie intake needs.
But regardless of your level of food or drink intake, you need to keep replenishing your body in order to function and maintain proper health. You eat breakfast and by lunch, maybe even by 10 AM, you are hungry again. By dinner time, you are again ready for a good meal. You drink a glass of water while sitting at your desk and soon you find your mouth dry again.
Our bodies convert the food and drink we consume into energy that helps keep us running like a well-tuned machine. Just as our bodies need filled with food and drink to stay healthy, our souls also need to be filled to stay healthy. And just as we sometimes ingest unhealthy things into our bodies we also try to fill that hole in our soul with all the wrong stuff. The hippies used to profess all they needed was “sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll” in order to be satisfied and fulfilled. Today we often try to fill our emptiness with all kinds of things, some healthy, some not so healthy. But regardless of what it is, that stuff we substitute for God, while for a fleeting moment might provide us with satisfaction, it soon leaves you “hungry and thirsty” again.
In Ephesians 3:19, the apostle Paul prays that the faithful in Jesus Christ will be “filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
We read these words in Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
And Jesus, in a conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well, tells her – “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
So today, we encourage get the proper intake of food and drink, exercise regularly, have adequate periods of rest and sleep, AND ask Jesus to fill you with His presence, filled to overflowing with the fullness of God. Just as your body replenishing every day, your soul leaks and needs filled again and again too. So never stop asking!
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