by: Dillon Burroughs
“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
Hunger. The very word evokes images of starving children or street people with cardboard signs. And while physical hunger lingers as one of our world’s most pressing needs, there is a deeper hunger that drives every person on the planet. It is not a desire of bread for the stomach, but bread for the soul. According to the words of the Bible, the only One who can truly satisfy spiritual hunger is God.
In my previous devotional Thirst No More, I journeyed with readers through the four Gospels to experience the Living Water of Jesus Christ. In my latest devotional, Hunger No More, I’ve meditated on the Book of Psalms as the portion to satisfy our daily hunger for the Lord.
Though many believe King David composed all of the Psalms, it is clear by the book’s own acknowledgement that David was only one of the many human authors of this book. Moses, Asaph, King Solomon, and others each contributed inspired lyrics that have been recited and sung by both Jews and Christians for 3,000 years.
In preparation for this book, I found myself reading through the Psalms in English for my 28th time, in addition to much meditation on particular Hebrew words and phrases from the original language of the book. The force of so much time in these inspired texts has enriched my life in an unmatched manner that I hope will be shared by those who join in reading each day’s entries.
The focus in the title Hunger No More is twofold. First, I seek to highlight the words of our Lord presented in the Psalms of the Old Testament. As the Book of Psalms reveals, God alone can satisfy our spiritual hunger.
Second, I have sought to use this privilege to help those less privileged. We live in a world of much need. My friends at Worldcrafts (one of New Hope’s related organizations) are working to change this crisis. Through providing jobs for artisans in developing nations, lives are being saved every day in the name of Christ. A portion of this book’s proceeds is being donated to their efforts. You can read more about their work at WorldCrafts.org.
When asked why I wrote Hunger No More, my answer was this—changed lives changing lives. To my knowledge, my previous devotional book Thirst No More was the first that sought to connect its readers in daily online community. To date, more than 1,000 friends from nearly 20 nations have connected to encourage one another through each daily reflection. Hunger No More seeks to continue this pattern. Each day (beginning January 1, 2013), we will experience the privilege to journey together at HungerNoMoreBook.com. I encourage you to share your thoughts each day and to support others who share along the way, whether you read it on a screen, in print, or a mobile device.
Finally, please know I pray for you and all of my readers every day. Your intimacy with Christ is my great pleasure. May you truly experience a life in which you hunger no more because our Lord has become your Daily Bread. May God shine His grace upon you as we share these words together.