Dear University Group,
I’ve been thinking and praying about you lately, and again I was encouraged by the fact that you all are hungry for more of God; I want to encourage your group to foster that hunger, to cultivate it. When you feel it, don’t dismiss it or distract yourselves with the business and busyness of life but “sit” in it a while. That could very well be God calling out to you; or, as St. Augustine said, it could be the “God-shaped hole” in your hearts longing to be filled. As you do your daily devotions or prayers (if you don’t do them, then begin), don’t let those satisfy you; rather let them make you hungry for more.
Because what does a thirsty person do? Or a hungry person? If it’s only a little, maybe nothing except wait for their next meal. But a famished person or a parched person will act – they will do all they can to be filled, sometimes going to extreme or radical measures. So it is with the Christian life.
And here are the amazing promises we have – facts – from Jesus: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matt. 5:6), and “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them” (John 7:37-38), and “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). Finally, Jesus’ brother James exhorts us to “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8).
And so don’t be distressed by the fact that you’re hungry, or bummed out, or jaded; rather be more hungry, and continue to seek Jesus as individuals, as a group, and as a church until you find him and are filled.
I’m praying for you all. We will all be stretched in the days to come, for the good of ourselves, our church, and the glory of God.