Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Are you hungry?  I mean so hungry that you would sniff glue or smoke a banana leaf just to alleviate some of the hunger?  Having no idea where your next meal will come from? 

“I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger.”  
John 6:35  

Then this proclamation of Jesus
may be of critical importance to your life.

Are you thirsty?  In a place that is so hot that you battle dehydration on a daily basis?  Perhaps in a place where the water is not potable, and must be filtered or boiled before you drink it?

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 
John 4:13-14

Then the life-giving water offered by Jesus might be exactly what you have most longed for.

Are you living in darkness?  With inconsistent power supply, routine electrical outages, or no electrical power at all in your home?  

"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."
John 8:12

In your darkness you may be more keenly aware of your need for the light of His presence.

Are you living in pain?  With absolutely no resources to seek out medical help?  Are you watching your child suffer in silence, with no money to consult a doctor?

 So His fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought Him all the sick, 
those afflicted with various diseases and pains, 
those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and He healed them.
Matthew 4:24

In your pain and need, His power to heal may be the best news you've ever heard.

Do you live in a city with blind beggars at the street corners, arms outstretched, beseeching mercy?

When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
“Lord, I want to see,” he replied.
Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”
Luke 18: 40-42

Then this man who has the power to restore sight to the blind might offer unheard-of hope to your heart.

How meaningful and applicable is the good news of Christ to our world today!  Here in the U.S. we've insulated ourselves from much of our need, but as a result, we may have lost something of the significance of His provision, and the depth of gratitude that we truly owe.

'The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; 
it has feet, it runs after me; 
it has hands, it lays hold of me.'
 – Martin Luther

1 comment:

OliveTree said...

Wow, what a great insight that we're so insulated from our needs that we don't even understand what Christ provides...thank you for this thought.

Love the Martin Luther quote too!