January 31, 2020

Failure to Thrive

“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)

“Failure to thrive.”  That was the diagnosis the Pediatrician gave a couple at the six-week checkup for their new baby boy.  His regular checkup revealed a loss of weight from his birth weight. The Doctor was concerned and prescribed a supplement for the infant’s diet that soon produced the results needed for him to thrive.

We all know the importance of a healthy diet.  Without the right nutrition our bodies would not survive long.  Whenever we are hungry or thirsty, we know how to satisfy those needs.  Do we do that spiritually?  Just as our bodies need nourishment to thrive, so do our spirits.  When we fail to thrive spiritually, we need to take action right away.  We can go to Christ, the living water and the bread of life.  His Word will nourish our souls.  Prayer will quench our thirst to connect with Him and experience His refreshing presence.  This is the daily diet of every believer.  Neglect it and you will fail to thrive. 

Sometimes we try to satisfy our spiritual hunger with spiritual “junk food.” We may rely so heavily upon friends and the experiences of others that we haven’t learned how to go to Christ for our own spiritual food.  Or perhaps we’ve had such a great spiritual feast in the past that we thought we would never have to eat again.  We grew faint because we were still functioning on an encounter with God, we had years ago.  It’s not long before we begin to just survive. 

Are you just surviving or are you thriving spiritually? If you are spiritually hungry, it is not because God does not have an abundance of resources prepared and available for you.  When God gave manna to the children of Israel in the wilderness, they had to go out each day to receive God’s daily provision.  They could not store it up for the next day.  It was fresh each morning.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  Spiritual nourishment is something you must seek daily to thrive spiritually.  We must connect daily with God through His Word for our souls to thrive.  As we do, we feel the strength and spiritual vitality time alone with Him offers us.

If you’re just surviving, come to the table God has set for you.  If you’ve missed some meals physically, you wouldn’t just quit eating all together because you felt so guilty for missing a few meals.  No!  Your natural hunger would lead you to eat.  God longs to satisfy our spiritual hunger and thirst for Him.  Jesus said, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.” Matthew 5:6 (MSG)