Bread of Life
"Jesus replied, 'I am the Bread of Life. No one coming to Me will ever be hungry again. Those believing in Me shall never thirst'" (John 6:35).
What would it be like never to be hungry - never to be thirsty?
Even in affluent America, you and I - and perhaps most people - have felt pangs of hunger and thirst, if only for a brief period. Jesus is telling us here that, spiritually speaking, we need never be hungry or thirsty again.
But how is that possible?
As the bread of life - the support of spiritual life - His doctrines give life and peace to the soul.
In Eastern countries, especially, there are vast deserts and often a great lack of water. By nature, the soul is like a traveler wandering through such a desert. Thirsting for happiness, seeking it everywhere and finding it not, he looks in all directions and tries all objects - in vain.
St. Augustine expressed this hunger for God in the following prayer, "Thou hast made us for Thyself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee."
When we drink of the water that is Christ, we become satisfied - and need never thirst again. As we continue to grow in grace, which comes only by feasting on His Word, we find a never-ending pattern of satisfaction with Him and all that concerns Him.
The principle is clear: As you and I feed on the Word of God and its rich truths, we are satisfying a spiritual hunger and thirst that could never be satisfied otherwise. Hungering and thirsting after righteousness, on the other hand, is also a necessity if we are really to grow in grace. The truths are not contradictory, but are complementary.
Bible Reading: Matthew 5:1-6
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: My daily manna and drink shall come from the living Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, and His holy inspired written word, the Bible, enabling me to live the supernatural life.
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