Hunger and Thirst Sermon Series
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Introduction: Tonight we are starting a series of messages that will deal with what the Bible says about Hunger and Thirst. The Scriptures are FILLED with multiple passages and analogies that deal with this concept.
Tonight I want to start with an introductory message that deals with several key elements of this concept of Hunger and Thirst.
I. The Sensation
God created us with a natural desire for food and water.
That desire; that sensation is described as hunger and thirst.
There is the natural sensation for physical food and physical water.
When a baby is born, they immediately want to eat. If they don’t, something is wrong.
An appetite is something God created to cause us to eat.
Our bodies are fueled by food.
Jesus as a man experienced both hunger and thirst.
- In Luke 4:2, he fasted for 40 days and 40 nights and afterwards was “an hungered”.
- On the cross, one of His seven sayings was simply, “I thirst”. (John 19:28)
To experience the sensation of hunger and thirst on a physical sense is normal.
To NOT experience it is a sign that something is wrong.
God created man with both a natural, physical hunger and thirst, and a spiritual hunger and thirst.
Now he may or may not recognize it as such. But it is there.
A. The Sensation of the Unsaved
The lost man or woman was created with a void that only God can fill.
They are hungry but most times don’t know what they are hungry for.
They are thirsty but they don’t know what they are thirsty for.
Men are hungry and thirsty. Women are. Teenagers are. Children are.
Several examples of some that sought after God were:
- Zachaeus – Luke 19:3 climbed up into a tree “FOR HE SOUGHT TO SEE JESUS WHO HE WAS…”
- The Ethiopian eunuch – Acts 8
- Cornelius – Acts 10
QUOTE: “God will meet you at the point of your desire.”
“Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” James 4:8
NOTE: No man seeketh after God. God makes Himself known, and after that seed of knowledge is planted, it is up to the man or woman to seek after.
- Romans 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Once man is aware of God – he will either pursue or reject God.
Notice Romans 1:17-21
- 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
- 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
- 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
- 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
- 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
God makes Himself known to His creation. See verse 20
SEE also Acts 14:15-17
- 15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:
- 16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.
- 17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
The fact that God has supplied our physical food should motivate man to desire spiritual food.
- 30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
- 31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
- 32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
- 33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
- 34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
- 35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus said, “I am the water.
- Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
- Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
B. The Sensation of the Unsatisfied
As Christians, we have to get out “snack mode” and get hungry and thirsty for God!
- 5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
- 6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
- 7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
- 8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
- 9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
Once the hunger and thirst of man is satisfied with salvation, then there is a hunger and thirst for a life of fulfillment and satisfaction.
A born-again believer will have a natural desire for Him.
If we try and plug that desire with other things, even as a saved person, we will be miserable.
II. The Substitution
Man is always searching for an alternative to God’s remedy.
There are substitutes for sugar, eggs, bacon, you name it.
There is no God substitute! You can’t plug just anything in that void and expect it to work!
- 1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
- 2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
Notice Isaiah’s message – vs. 2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread?
Why do you work and labor for that which satisfieth not?
Man thinks he can plug something else into that void and fill it. He can’t!
They have failed to submit to God and God’s will, and they are miserable.
The devil has plenty of mirages in his bag of tricks.
- Isaiah 29:8 It shall even be as when an hungry man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion.
The dreams alone won’t do the job; you have to have the real thing!
He has a lot of Christians crawling after something that doesn’t exist.
Chasing mirages. Trying to be happy living for self.
Trying to find contentment living for themselves.
There’s no life as miserable as trying to substitute God.
III. The Satisfaction
- Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
- Isaiah 55:2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
- Psalms 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
- Psalms 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
- 1 « A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. » O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
- 2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
- 3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
- 4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
- 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
- 6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
- 7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.