Revelation 7:16 No More Hunger Or Thirst

 

Hunger and thirst

Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them, nor any scorching heat. Revelation 7:16

Hunger and thirst is something that is common with people around the world. There is not a country that does not have some people who go to bed each night with no food to eat or water to drink.

In some areas, there are extreme droughts that cause water to be an extremely rare thing to be able to have. With the drought, also comes a lack of food.

In every nation, there are people who are homeless and unable to get food to eat. Along with no food, they do not have any shelter to protect them from the heat or cold.

Along with the physical hunger, there is a spiritual hunger for more. People want more to this life. They seek to have or do more in order to fill those hungers. The majority turn to sinful ways to seek fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives.

The person who has turned away from sin and turned to Jesus have been purified from their sin. This changes their hunger and thirst. Now they hunger and thirst for more of God. As they do this, the heat of this world and sin bears down on them. They are homeless, in that they are not in the home God has built for them. The trials and tribulations of this world still torment them.

There will come a day when they will be removed from this world. At that point, there will be no more hunger or thirst, both physically and spiritually. They will be satisfied with physical food and the presence of God for all eternity. God will be their protection and heaven will be their home.

You may or may not be in a position of physical hunger and thirst, but your heart should hunger and thirst for more of God. You should have a desire to have more of God’s presence in your life each day.

During your life on this earth, there will be struggles and temptations. You will go through times of hunger and thirst, wondering where God is. The world will appear to be winning the battle.

Stay strong and true to God. Keep yourself cleansed from all sin by the power of Jesus. One day you will be removed from this world and will no longer hunger or thirst for God.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your heart will hunger and thirst for more of God; that you will find satisfaction in Jesus; and that you will endure until God removes you from this earth. 

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Isaiah 55:1-2 Eat And Drink The Best

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:1-2

Being hungry and thirsty is something that every person has to deal with, some more than others. At times one will be more thirsty, in the hot summer time in the south, while at other times one may be more hungry. Most people can satisfy their physical hunger and thirst without too much problem, but both will return very soon.

However, there is another hunger and thirst that many people have that is much harder to be satisfied. It is hunger for meaning and satisfaction in life. Some people are always seeking a bigger, better thrill in life to keep them moving forward. Many turn to drugs and alcohol to be satisfied. Others may seek better jobs and positions, or maybe seeking peace, quiet and solitude to find meaning.

While all of these things can satisfy for a short time, they will not sustain a person in the long haul of life. Each of these things are temporary and wear off. After a time, the thrill of one thing will not be enough and more will be sought out.

God is calling people to take what He is giving to be satisfied. The life that Jesus is offering does not cost in the manner of money or hard labor. All it costs is accepting and giving your life to Him. In return you gain eternal life, peace, and satisfaction regardless of what is going on in your life or in this world.

In order to eat and drink what God is offering, you must get into His Word, the Bible. Read it and get to know who God is and what He has for you. Then step out in trust and do what His word says.

As you do these things, you will find satisfaction that will stay with you and not end in a few hours. As you continue to live for God, you will find purpose and meaning for your life that will satisfy better than anything this world has to offer.

Don’t labor for what does not satisfy, try God.

I pray today that you will know God; that you will hunger for His Word; that you will be satisfied with God alone in your life; that you will find purpose in serving God; and that God will meet all of your needs.

Song Of Solomon 2:4 Eating At His Table

Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Song of Solomon 2:4

Eating food is one thing that people love to do. Many like to eat more food than they really should eat. Different people like to eat different types of foods, but the common factor is that all like to eat.

Restaurants that are set up buffet style are usually very large and always very busy. They provide a wide variety of foods to eat, and an unlimited amount of food. All this for one price. No one leaves hungry.

In this passage today, the bride is asking that the Lord lead her to his banquet hall. She wants to be able to eat at His table.

The Lord is the king. Every king eats very well and only the very best food. To eat there means one will not be eating macaroni and cheese, but prime steaks and lobster. It will only be the best.

As Jesus walked on this earth, He ate at His Father’s banquet table. He was provided more than enough food to sustain Him and satisfy Him. This food was to do the will of His Father. He found great satisfaction in doing what the Father wanted Him to do.

As a believer in Jesus, you are the bride of Christ. You should have a desire to eat at His table. The banquet table that Jesus eats at, is the Father’s table. Doing what God wants you to do will provide you with satisfaction and fulfillment.

In order to know what God wants you to do, you must take time to read the Bible. Take in what He says and devour it. Make it a part of your life. As you begin to know God and what He wants through His Word, you will know what to do in your life. Then you can begin to do those things and find the satisfaction that you need.

The only way this can happen is if you allow God to lead you to His banquet table. Taste of the Lord and find out that He is good. The food that He has for you is the best that there is. Remember that He is The King and only has the best food available.

I pray today that you will know the food God has for you; that you will hunger for His Word; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that you will do whatever God asks of you.

Psalm 104:27-28 Getting Your Food

All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. Psalm 104:27-28

One thing that every creature and human cannot live without is food. Housing is good to have, but not absolutely necessary; take a look at all the homeless people surviving. Clothing helps in many different ways, but, again, it not absolutely necessary to stay alive.

Every person and animal can go without food for a time, but eventually needs it to survive. It is what gives the body nourishment to survive and continue to grow. It is what sustains the body.

In this psalm the author writes that every creature on the earth looks to God for food. When they are given that food, they have to gather it up, and then they are also satisfied.

Humans tend to look at things differently. Many want God to hand them their food or other necessary things, but are unwilling to work at gathering up what is needed. Some people are out of a job, but refuse to work a menial job that is presented to them, because it is “below” them.

Others do gather up the food that God gives them, but then complain about it. They want the food from Egypt, what someone else has. Rather than be satisfied, they complain about what they do not have or were not given.

Look at the creatures of this earth and see how they live their lives on this earth. They are grateful to God for the things that they do have. Their focus is on God supplying their needs, rather than they themselves.

God has many different ways to meet your every need. If He can supply the food for the animals of the field, will He not supply food for you?

You are worth more than many sparrows to God. Never forget that God sent Jesus to die for  you. He will provide food for you as He provides food for the animals. If He will provide the food, He will also provide for your every other need as well. Trust Him today.

I pray today that you will see God’s provision in your life; that you will be satisfied with what God provides you; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that you will gather up what God gives you.

Psalm 63:5 Fully Satisfied

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5

Everyone loves to eat, especially when it is good food. Each person has his own favorite food, that food that is considered worth dying for. For some people is a large steak, or Chinese food, or a hamburger, or some type of salad, or a desert. It is that food that a person will eat no matter how full he is, or how bad it is for them. Then after eating it, he will rave about it to everyone. They are fully satisfied with the food.

David is talking about enjoying God as much as many people enjoy those certain foods. When he spent time with God, he was completely satisfied and did not need anything more from anyone or anywhere else.

Most people are looking for satisfaction in things of this world. They try out different foods, entertainments, jobs, houses, drugs, spouses, and the list goes on. All of these things are temporary and cannot give complete satisfaction. They wear out, break down, and leave.

Only God can give complete satisfaction for a man’s soul. The only way a person can know that satisfaction is trying God out. Getting into God’s word and hiding it in the heart will help a person get to know God more. Spending time praying to and listening to God will go a long way in knowing God.

The more you get to know God, the more you will want to know about God. The more time you spend with Him, the more time you will want to spend with Him.

As you get to know God and spend time with Him, you will realize that you can be fully satisfied with Him. He will meet your every need and longing. Only God can bring peace and comfort in pain. Only God can bring companionship in loneliness.

As He does these things for you, give Him praise. Sing out loud the praises of God. Tell others what God is doing for you. Let the world know the satisfaction that God brings to you.

Who or what fully satisfies you today?

I pray today that you will know God more; that you will find complete satisfaction in knowing God; that you will sing praises to God; and that you will tell others of Jesus.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice, Rejoice…REJOICE!

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

As Paul is finishing out his letter to the Philippian church he gives some final words of encouragement and direction. The first is to rejoice in the Lord. He felt this was so important that he repeats it again.

The word rejoice means to take delight in, or thrive on. It is to find excitement in something.

The world takes great delight in things of this world. Things that sell show what people take delight in. Murder, killing, sex, violence, and greed all sell. Put one of those things in or on something and it is almost guaranteed to be a success in the world. These things, however, are things of this world and go against God in every way.

Every believer is to focus their whole life on Jesus. They are to seek what He seeks, want what He wants, and do what He does.

What does He want? What makes Jesus excited?

His whole purpose in coming to the earth was to save every person from their sins and bring them back to a loving relationship with God. Jesus works at making you and every other believer more like Himself to have the same relationship with the Father as He has.

Does it bring you joy and excitement to talk about Jesus? Do you find joy in reading and studying the Bible? Do you desire to spend time in prayer with Jesus?

These are things that show that you are delighting yourself in Jesus. That delight is your rejoicing in the Lord. This cannot be emphasized enough. The twenty-four elders in heaven are sitting and rejoicing in the Lord day and night.

What brings you excitement in your life? Everything good that happens must be looked at as a gift from God, a blessing from Him. Rejoice in the Lord today. Rejoice in the Lord always! As Paul said it: I will say it again: REJOICE!.

I pray today that you will know the joy of knowing Jesus; that you will delight yourself in Him; that your life will be focused on Jesus; that you will find satisfaction and fulfillment in Jesus; and that you will rejoice in the Lord always.

Luke 18:22 Giving Up The World’s Hold

“When Jesus heard this, he said to him, You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Luke 18:22

A young rich man came to Jesus wanting eternal life. Jesus first tells him to follow all the ten commandments from the law. After the man tells Jesus that he is already doing that, Jesus tells him to sell everything, give to the poor and follow Him.

Although there is nothing inherently wrong with most things of this world, they can be a problem for a person. Things can get in the way of your relationship with God.

Very often, many people will put things before God. They must wash the car, rather than take time to worship God; work instead of doing ministry; go fishing instead of church; and the list goes on and on.

Your first love should be to God and whatever He wants. If God tells you to jump, your first response should be ‘yes, Sir’ and you jump. If God wants you to get rid of something, you should do it immediately.

Do not allow the things of this world to have a hold on you. They will hold you back from the things God has for you. God may be protecting you from harm or disappointment when He has you get rid of something.

No matter how good or great something is, it will never bring the joy and satisfaction of a relationship with God. Knowing Jesus can bring a peace the world cannot understand. Jesus gives you a hope of eternal life.

The things of this world only give you a short temporary joy. The things of this world will break down and fade away. They will not last very long. The things of Jesus last for all eternity.

Are you willing to give up the hold things of this world have on you? Are you willing to run after Jesus with everything in you? It will be worth it.

I pray today that God will help break the hold things of this world have on you; that God will reveal to you what you need give up; that God will give you strength to follow Him; that you will know the joy of serving God; and that you will draw closer to God each day.