“God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied” (Luke 6:21a, NLT).
When you come to a feast you come hungry. You haven't eaten much that day in anticipation of what you are going to be offered. You have waited expectantly for that feast, and you can't wait to be filled with it riches. This is just an earthly feast. Its riches do not last. It is there at one moment filling you to overflowing and then gone the next. You have partaken of its earthly bounty, but it has offered no lasting sustenance. Its riches have left you deflated and without purpose. You are empty once more. Like Esau you have filled yourself with the immediate satisfaction of a rich blessing, but have lost the promise of a lasting one.
Jesus' feast is like no earthly one. He prepares a table of spiritual riches that satisfies the deepest spiritual void in your life. His feast isn't devoured in an instant and then gone the next. His feast is everlasting, and the richness of its offering is constant. When you come spiritually hungry to His table for the spiritual feast he has prepared for you, your emptiness is satisfied. Most often the first time you come in desperation. Feasting ravenously upon His Word, you discover sustenance and His help for your need. When you are filled in your desperate circumstance with His guidance and peace, you realize that without Him life will consume you. You hunger for His peace and joy and His presence above all else. You come because to be without Him means you are lost. You dig into His bounty with the determination to mature in faith and commitment. As you mature in Him, you come to His feast to just bask in the richness of His glory. But you continually come. You ingest the richness of His truth, and its nutrition fuels and nurtures your life. Each morsel He offers fills you with what earthly riches could never give. You feast on the unshakable Kingdom of God―the feast that never ends.
If you are hungry for spiritual peace and joy come to Him. Your hunger will be satisfied. Feast upon His bounty. Feast upon His Word. Feast upon His presence. Feast upon His promise. Feast upon His glory. Come hungry and partake of His spiritual bounty. Feast upon His love for you and be filled.