When is hunger and thirst good? In our culture we have ready access to food and water; we rarely experience the pangs of hunger or a parched thirst.
Yet I have the privilege of working amongst young women and men who are hungry and thirsty in a truly good way. I serve at a place committed to fostering a seeker’s heart, a place where living a life of righteousness is earnestly sought.
These past few weeks I’ve witnessed our students calling each other to prayer and fasting. Scores of students have gathered in late night sessions. Each of them wondering what to do with the hunger and thirst for God that gnaws at their spirit.
I pen these words having just come from the final chapel service of Spiritual Emphasis Week (that’s fancy talk for “revival”). Rev. Althea Taylor from Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene was our speaker. She was used by the Lord to map out for our students what it means to be God’s child, in God’s Kingdom, being salt and light in the kingdoms of the world.
Almost one hundred years ago, our first president, H. Orton Wiley, chose the NNU motto, Seek ye first the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Here we are, on the edge of our centennial and young people are still hungry for the truth of the gospel, still thirsty for the living water.
May we always be a place that is hungry and thirsty!