SUB THEME: THE PRESENCE OF GOD
TOPIC: The Place of Comfort – No more Hunger and No more Thirst
TEXT: Rev. 7:13-17; John 6:35
AIM: To encourage us to bear hunger and thirst on earth until we get to where there will be no more hunger or thirst.
INTRODUCTION: Hunger or thirst is not necessarily evil. They are helpful warning signals that help to keep us healthy. The trouble is evident when they cannot be satisfied, usually as a result of poverty or lack, in which case severe suffering could result. In God’s presence, there will be none of these. Don’t make them your god (Phil. 3:19), neither let them determine your life. Be assured that God is our Great Provider and satisfaction.
1. (a)Explain the ‘hunger no more’ and ‘thirst no more’ within the context of Rev. 7: 16-17.
(b)Compare this with the experience of Paul the Apostle in I Cor. 4:11 and 2 Cor. 11:27
(c)Read and discuss Deut. 8:3 in relation to our experience today.
2. (a)How has God responded to the challenge of hunger and thirst, be it spiritual or physical?
Matt. 14: 14-21; John 6:32-35; Rev. 7:16-17.
(b)How should we respond to such persons around us today? I Cor. 16:1-4; 2 Cor. 11:9.
3. (a)Discuss how heaven would be like in the absence of hunger, thirst and unfulfilled desires? Rev. 7:15.
(b)What manner of men then must we be on earth where such abound if we have Heaven in view?
I Tim. 6:5-9; Job1:20-22; I Cor. 7:29-31; 2 Peter 3:11-14.
CONCLUSION: We are strangers on earth, pilgrims who are passing through. The earth is not a permanent dwelling place for us. God uses many ways, including even hunger, to remind us of this as believers. However, while we are still here on earth. Love and sharing are basic for all who are in Him. But ultimately, it is only God who can permanently solve the challenge of hunger.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We shall hunger no more someday.
MEMORY VERSE: Rev. 7:15