Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Spiritual Famine - Lent 2016

Living Bread ~ Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” John 6:35   

During this season of reflections and renewal, join me in exploring the Bread of Life. When we encounter Jesus Christ, this Living Bread feeds, satisfies, and transforms us. Come on this journey and remember this True Bread “is broken for you”. ~ Donna Oswalt

So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. John 6:13

Old Testament examples of God providing food for the hungry include provisions for famines affecting Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, famines in Egypt, famines in Canaan, famines in Jerusalem, famines of David, Elijah, and Zedekiah. God is the Great Provider. The prophet Amos warns about another famine, “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11-13) As this mid-eighth century B.C. prophecy comes, God’s people are choosing to worship idols, practice dishonesty in the marketplace, and allow pride to erase their memory of a faithful God. God provides; they forget!

Today, as then, spiritual famine happens when we fail to recognize the presence of God in our daily moments, when we no longer find joy in serving God, when we forget God’s promises. Self-reliance and self-satisfaction take the place of depending on God. We choose the demons of boredom and anger and disappointment; they consume us, not feed us. Only the Bread of Life can provide the spiritual nourishment that renews hope, strengthens resolve, and conquers evil. People all around us are starving, sometimes even you and me. Remember – God provides!

Living Bread, My soul is starving for peace and joy and contentment, but I confess that I choose the junk-food of the world too often. Feed me real bread; Lord, always give us this bread.” – dho

Focus Point: God provides; we forget!

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