John 7:37 Are You Thirsty?

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.” John 7:37

One of the things a person cannot live without is water, especially on a hot day. People need water to survive. They cannot go more than a few days without having any water at all.

When a person gets thirsty, he desires to have that thirst quenched with a glass of nice, cold water. Yet, even warm water will meet the need of extreme thirst.

While at a festival, Jesus called out to the people for anyone who was thirsty to come and drink from Him.

Even though drinking water can be deeply satisfying at times, it is only temporary and one will be thirsty again very soon. Water satisfies a temporary physical thirst.

Many people are thirsting for more of something in this life. They are seeking purpose and meaning to life. They desire comfort and strength for living. The things and ways of this fallen world will bring some of this for a short time. Sin always brings pleasure, but only for a moment. In the end it brings about death.

Those who go to Jesus and drink in His teaching, love, grace, mercy, and salvation, have their eternal thirst met. This is a thirst of the soul, that the things and ways of this world cannot meet or quench.

Instead of seeking relief from pain and suffering in the things of this world, one needs to look to Jesus. He must drink in the teaching Jesus taught. Once a person drinks in the Holy Spirit that Jesus gives, he will know eternal peace, comfort, strength and life.

Jesus brings eternal life to a person, not a temporary feeling.

There will be times you are thirsty for more. While it easy to cover up that thirst with the things of this world, they will not fully satisfy for long.

Get into God’s word and drink in what He has to say. Drink in the Holy Spirit that Jesus offers. Drink in the refreshing forgiveness given to you. Begin to know the eternal life God has for you starting today.

As you begin to drink in what God offers, you will begin to know satisfaction, peace and strength beyond anything that this world has to offer. Are you drinking today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will drink in God’s Holy Spirit sent to you; that you will take in the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will know the eternal satisfaction in following Jesus.

John 4:34 The Fulfilling Food

“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:34

It is common to most people to have some type of food that is considered their comfort food. It is a type of food that one loves to eat when going through a stressful, difficult time.

For each person the type of comfort food can be different. Some like chocolate or other types of sweets, others like salty foods, and yet others may like some pasta or breads. Each person is unique in their desires.

Jesus had skipped a meal to help a Samaritan woman. He told the disciples that His food was to do the work that God, the Father had sent Him to do.

While the world looks to temporary things to find comfort and fulfillment in their lives, believers must look to eternal things. Physical food meets a temporary need. It fills the belly for a short while, then fades away and more is needed.

Every believer is to hunger and thirst after the things of God. Doing what God desires will fill a person with more comfort and satisfaction than eating any food that this world can ever offer.

God has given every believer the assignment to be a witness and make disciples. Each time a believer brings another person to believe in Jesus, he will find fulfillment and comfort that will last for eternity and do more than any thing else.

When a believer is chooses to not do what God desires, he will find himself hungry and thirsty, never being satisfied or fulfilled. As he does God’s will, all the temporary feelings and desires of this world will fade away, being replaced with the eternal.

You may be hungering or thirsting for something and have been looking to food for meeting those desires. Change your focus from the temporary things of this world to the things of God. There is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than doing what God wants.

Seek out what work God has for you to do, then do it. There will always be someone you can witness to or disciple. Go out and find the eternal food God has for you to eat. It will provide more for you than you could ever want.

Allow God to meet all of your temporary and eternal needs to be met by doing His work.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God has for you to do; that you will find fulfillment in obeying God; and that you will do what God has for you to do.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 Never Enough

Holding money

Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. Ecclesiastes 5:10 

Chasing after wealth is one of the greatest dreams of many people. People want to get rich as quickly as possible. Gambling and lotteries are mega-billions of dollars a year industry, because people want the money and think that they can get it.

Those working always want a higher paycheck, more money per hour than what they are getting. When a person gets a pay raise, he is excited at the moment, but a few months later wants another pay raise. People often view another person’s pay and want that much or more.

It is often viewed as though a person deserves more than what they have or can get. This is regardless of how much one already has.

The richest man who ever lived realized that loving money is meaningless. One can never have too much or even ‘enough’, he always wants more.

Money and wealth are things that are very temporary. One can have a lot of money today, but tomorrow after a disaster strikes, be completely broke.

And there is never ‘enough’ money. No matter how much a person has, there is always something else that he does not have and would desire. There is no contentment.

Believers are often seen being discontent with their finances and wealth. They are desiring more, because their neighbor has more.

However, the believer should put all of his desires into God and His kingdom. Money and wealth are very temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. The souls of men are eternal.

Living for God and building His kingdom gives satisfaction and eternal results. Fighting for money and wealth only lasts a short time.

One must put his trust in God and be content with what God has blessed him with. God will give each person what he needs.

God has blessed you in many ways. The greatest blessing is eternal life, if you believe in Jesus and follow Him. Hold onto that blessing.

With salvation in mind, chase after building His kingdom and becoming more like Jesus everyday. These things will have an eternal impact and last for eternity.

Don’t chase after things of this world that will only last a short time and never really satisfy your soul. You are made for greater things than money and wealth. Chase after God.

 I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will find purpose in God; that you will find satisfaction in serving God; that you will chase after the things of God; and that God will help you keep money and wealth in the right perspective.

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. 

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.