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.
“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.
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22
It is commonly thought that when an enemy does something wrong, the first thing that should be done is to strike back and make the enemy pay for the wrong that was done. The striking back is seen as a punishment. It can be just words, or a physical strike, or some other correction. Today many will take someone to court and get them put in jail or made to pay a fine or some law suit. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth is the mentality of many people.
The idea of the “punishment” is to make the person hurt a little for what he did. Causing pain in some way, is supposed to detour the person from ever doing it again. In this process of punishing the wrong-doers, prisons have been filled to overflowing with those who have done wrong, wars have been waged between nations or groups of people, and millions of innocent people have been hurt.
God has a different plan on how to deal with the enemy. Since you are not God, you do not have the full right to punish the enemy. You are to be like Jesus. He fed the enemy and gave the enemy water to drink. Do you think that every person who ate in the group of 5,000, fully loved and followed Him for who He was? Most likely not.
Solomon says treating an enemy with food and water will heap burning coals on his head. When shown the true love and mercy of God, the person doing wrong will feel the pressure to change. He will realize the wrong that he has been doing.
As a believer, you are to be set apart from the world. You are to be different from the world. The world wants revenge, you must show love and mercy.
When someone has done something wrong to you, the best thing you can do is meet their needs the best way you can. Since their needs were not being met, maybe that is why they treated you wrong.
When you do these kind things, God will see and reward you. His reward will be greater than any person on this earth could give you.
How are you treating your enemies today?
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s love for all; that God will strengthen you to do right to your enemy; and that God will reward you for your love and mercy on others.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Where can I go and meet with God? Psalm 42:1-2
Anyone who has been in a desert climate for more than a few days, understands the value of water. This is especially true during the summer months. Go to the desert areas of southwestern Texas during the summer months, and the temperature will be over 100 degrees. There is usually no water to be seen for many miles.
The one in the desert will get extremely thirsty for something to drink. The mouth will be dry, and the tongue will stick to the top of the mouth. He will want something to drink and it does not matter. The endless list of possible drinks that are seen in a store will no longer matter, just something wet to drink.
When one has had lots to drink, it is easy to be picky about what to drink. In the restaurant, there are many choices, and one can be choosy then. However, in the desert, there is no time to be choosy or picky.
In life, there are many things to drink from. The world will tell you that you can drink from their celebrity status, or wealth, or fun things and will be satisfied. Think of every time you drink your favorite drink at a restaurant, how long does it quench your thirst? Only for a very short amount of time.
The only thing or one that can truly satisfy your thirst in this life, is Jesus. Jesus said that whoever drinks His water will never thirst again.
As a believer, you should be panting after God. Your mind should be focused on getting more of God. Just as the deer pants and longs for more water to drink. And as the person in the desert is panting some liquid to drink, you must be thirsty for more of God.
Make it your focus in life to drink of God. Take in what He has for you. Learn more of who He is. Desire to spend all your time with God. God will satisfy your greatest longings and desires, if you will let Him.
I pray today that you will thirst after God; that you will want God alone; that you will allow God to be your heart’s desire; and that you will know God in a personal way.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Everyday people get hungry for food or thirsty for water. Most people are able to get something to eat and drink to satisfy them. The desire for food and water is a natural part of the human body. It is the way God created people.
Food brings the necessary nutrition that the body needs to survive and grow. Water brings about the needed cleansing to clean out impurities from the body.
Jesus now speaks of a different type of hunger and thirst. It is one for righteousness. Righteousness is being and doing the right things in the eyes of God.
Many people in the world understand the need for righteous or right living. Everywhere you go you will see religions with many rules on how to live right. People go through many different types of rituals to be right before God. Often they are trying to earn the right to get into heaven.
God stated that our righteousness is garbage. It is worthless.
There is only one way to be righteous, that is in Jesus Christ. You must cloth yourself with the righteousness of Jesus.
Hungering for righteousness is hunger for more of Jesus and His Words. It is devouring His Words and making them a part of your life. Act upon what you have read and heard.
Thirsting for righteousness is the desire to drink of the blood of Jesus. It is only by the blood of Jesus that you can be cleansed of all sin and impurities in your life.
God wants you to be righteous. He created you to be righteous. Adam and Eve were originally made perfectly righteous before God. They chose, just as everyone today does, to not be righteous before God against God’s desire.
God is more than willing to make you righteous if you desire. He will fill you with righteousness if you seek Him.
Today make it your desire to be hungry and thirsty for the righteousness of Jesus. Read God’s Word and devour it. God will fill you up. In this Jesus says you are blessed.
I pray today that you will be hungry and thirsty for the righteousness of Jesus; that God will fill you up; that you will not be hungry for what does not fill you; that God will put you in righteous standing before Him; and that you will allow God to work in you to make you more like Jesus everyday.