TODAY’S PROPHETIC WORD
They that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). The good part about hunger for the soul is that you can never get full. The more you eat of the Word, the more you want. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8). Hunger for God’s love makes us overcomers. Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. He that comes to me shall never hunger, and he that believes on me shall never thirst (John 6:35).
HUNGRY FOR GOD
I was stomping around Rome with my wife on a trip to Europe when I saw this long line of people.
Tourists from every corner of the globe – fat ones, skinny ones, tall and short. Americans with loud colored shirts, Asians with big cameras and selfie sticks and Europeans with skinny sunglasses and tight fitting black clothes. All tourists and all in line.
“What the heck is that,” I asked out loud after the fourth city block of this single file mass of humanity.
“It is the line for the Sistine Chapel,” said our taxi driver.
Thanks to the worldwide web, I found out from TripAdvisor that waiting in line without a guided tour can take an entire day before you are herded through for a break-neck glance at what they were all waiting to see – the painting that changed history.
“The Creation of Adam” painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, started a revival across Europe that crushed the Catholic domination of the church because it gave people a new revelation of God.
Before that, people thought of God as the cosmic punisher. They believed He was just waiting to hammer them with disease, disaster, darkness and despair if they messed up in any way. God, they thought after the death and destruction of the Crusades, cannot possibly be good.
Then came this beautiful, inspired painting of a benevolent God gladly imparting life – not death or punishment – to the lifeless Adam. The truth was revealed and it blew people away. They had not dared to think of God as good. Could He be?
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.”
– John 6:35
The answer is yes. He is good. He is a life-giver. It’s a truth we need to be shouting from the rooftops even today. People in the 21st century are hungry for the goodness of God. Many just don’t know that He brings life, not death. See the line of people at the Sistine Chapel? They wait all day for a glimpse of goodness. Show them there is more! He is more!
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON GOD’S GOODNESS. TELL SOMEOME TODAY THAT GOD IS NOT MAD AT THEM. IT WILL BLOW THEM AWAY AND OPEN A CONVERSATION WHICH COULD HAVE AN INTERNAL IMPACT!
From my book: GOOD OVERCOMES EVIL