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To Hunger and Thirst!


We have talked about the Hunger and Thirst for God the last couple of Sundays during our services and this is a subject I always think about, especially in regards to our youth. My dream is that they always hunger and thirst for Him. While meditating on this, I believe God gave me two types of Hunger and Thirst.

There are times that I love something so much that I hunger for it. I love Chinese food. I love the aroma, I love the taste, so I have a yearning and desire for Chinese food all the time. I feel the same thing with Slurpees. I love the way they taste and the way they cool me down on a hot day. It’s something I thirst for. Both Chinese food and Slurpees are things I have tasted in the past and I know that they are good, so I just want more.

That’s the same thing with God. I have tasted and seen that God is good, so I want more. God has done so much in my life that I just want more of Him. I know what happens when He is the center of my life. Great things happen, but if a bad situation happens, I am able to see God in it. So I just want more of Him, the peace, love and joy that comes with God.

The second, and I thank God I never had to experience this, is the hunger and thirst for food and water because you have none. But I have seen the desperation of people who are hungry and thirsty when they have no food or water. Although spiritually, I have experienced this before where I hunger and thirst for God because I am empty.

At times, when I have been going through some circumstances in my life, where I know God is the only answer, I go through desperation seeking Him, knowing He is the way out and that God is the answer. Although the latter is never fun, it is necessary. I know I have grown closer to Him because of those hungry and thirsty times when I was empty, and I know that only God can fill me!

Which one are you today? Have you tasted the bread of life and just want more of Him? The word says in John 6:35, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” He will fill you!

Or are you the second? The word says in John 7:37, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” Are you going through a spiritual desert? Only He can quench your thirst! Or are you going through some circumstance and are desperate for God? I pray God gives you the strength to go through the desert, to the place He needs you to be. I pray God strengthens you through your circumstance and that you can see God in it. Amen!


Dennis Arroyo,
Youth Minister

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