Haven’t we all had those days that leave us feeling dry, empty, worn out, and used up? Those days when we want something that will help us to just keep on going, to put the next foot forward? I’ve found that for myself, it’s on days like that when it’s sometimes very easy to slip into the pattern the world has set and turn to earthly things to enliven or excite, just to try and compensate for that dull ache.
But when we turn to Jesus, He offers so much more. The way He is able to refresh us and restore us goes far beyond any temporary attempt anyone or anything else has to offer.
“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you–the sure mercies of David.” – Isaiah 55:1-3 (NKJV)
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
A good meal meets our physical needs and gives energy to our body easily enough. But what about when our souls are tired and lacking zeal? When we’re burnt out and burning up from spiritual malnutrition? That’s when God says, “Come here, child. I want to fill you.” And He will.
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” – John 6:51 (NKJV)
Jesus is the Living Bread, and at the same time, the ultimate caretaker and provider, the Good Shepherd. That means He looks after each of His flock individually and personally, nourishing and tending to all of us, not wanting even one of us to go hungry or go astray. He gives Himself to us, because He is life and He wants to pour life into us and make us flourish. He wants the relationship that we have with Him to be our priority, because He knows that’s the only way our hearts will be satisfied.
He hands out invitations to life without bounds to us all. He says to us that His word, and He Himself, will be our spiritual food source. And we can believe that and rely on that.
“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 (NKJV)
Interaction with Jesus Christ is the most necessary thing, and that is because He made us like that. The only way our hungry hearts will overflow with all they need is if we go to Him and trust Him to meet us in that.
“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.” – John 6:56 (NKJV)
God alone can provide true contentment for those who are looking for it. He wants to make us feel new again, to watch us grow and move from milk to solid foods. He has so much in store for us, and supplies all we need even now.
“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” – Matthew 26:26 (NKJV)
He is the Eternal Giver, the only one who knows what we so desperately long for before we even do. He is the Bread of Life, and He offers Himself to us every day. And the more we partake of Him, the more abundantly we will have life. There isn’t any sustenance more precious or more pure.
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
– John 10:10 (NKJV)