Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hundreds Hungry for Truth

A low growl churns from within. A hollow sensation occupies your stomach. Aromas of mouthwatering foods permeate the air. The hunger pains swell and you say to yourself, “I could eat anything right now.”

Restlessness agitates within. A sense of emptiness inhabits your soul. Sights of delight and pleasure encircle close by. The craving for contentment aches and you say to yourself, “I can do that; it won’t hurt anyone.”

Have you experienced the feeling of malnourishment? You’re so hungry thoughts of food torment your body. Not until foodstuffs are consumed will your stomach be satisfied. 

What about your soul? Is there a “vacancy” sign glaring? Is your inner being in anguish? Not until the Heavenly Author and Designer of your body and soul enters will your spirit be fulfilled.

Are you famished? Are you yearning for something more? Have you asked God the Creator and Jesus the Redeemer to be the Lord of your life? Read and hear the words of the ancient prophets, psalmists, and disciples as they describe hunger. Then allow the Word, Jesus Christ, to supply you with truth. Let His words reverberate throughout your soul, filling it to the brim with the reality of a God who loves you. This God loves you with such an extreme love that He died an excruciating death in your place that you might have abundant life on earth and life everlasting with Him. Get to know Him—study His truth and believe!

Hungry? Read below.....

....they brought beds, basins, pottery, wheat, barley, flour, parched grain, beans, lentils, parched seeds, honey, curds, sheep, and cheese of the herd, for David and for the people who were with him, to eat; for they said, “The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.”  2 Samuel 17:28-29 (NASB)
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
And gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region;
They did not find a way to an inhabited city.
They were hungry and thirsty;
Their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
He led them also by a straight way,
To go to an inhabited city.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness,
And for His wonders to the sons of men!
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul,
And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good. 
Psalm 107:1-9 (NASB) 
(If you have access to a Bible, open it and read all of Psalm 107. It describes lost souls that cry out to the God who desires to save them.)

But He sets the needy securely on high away from affliction,
And makes his families like a flock.
The upright see it and are glad;
But all unrighteousness shuts its mouth.
Who is wise? Let him give heed to these things,
And consider the lovingkindnesses of the Lord. 
Psalm 107:9 (NASB)

The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside quiet waters.
He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 
Psalm 23 (NASB)

Arise, cry out in the night
from the first watch of the night.
Pour out your heart like water
before the Lord’s presence.
Lift up your hands to Him
for the lives of your children
who are fainting from hunger
on the corner of every street. 
Lamentations 2:19 (HCSB - Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness are blessed, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (HCSB)

“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.  John 6:35 (HCSB - Holman Christian Standard Bible)

Seeking truth? Read below....
The main thing about your word is that it’s true;
and all your just rulings last forever. 
Psalm 119:160 (CJB - Complete Jewish Bible)

The Word became flesh
    and made his home among us.
We have seen his glory,
    glory like that of a father’s only son,
        full of grace and truth. 
John 1:14 (CEB - Common English Bible)

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:32 (CEB)
Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  John 14:6 (CEB)
They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  Romans 1:25 (CEB)
Make an effort to present yourself to God as a tried-and-true worker, who doesn’t need to be ashamed but is one who interprets the message of truth correctly.  2 Timothy 2:15 (CEB)
If we claim, “We don’t have any sin,” we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from everything we’ve done wrong.  1 John 1:8-9 (CEB)
So let’s give thanks to the Lord who loves us for He is good. He desires for us to satisfy our longings with His truth, repent of our wrongdoings, and receive His forgiveness, grace, and mercy. When we believe and accept the truth of His Word, Jesus Christ, we will be set free and we will be free indeed. 

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