Hungry for Change
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:35 ESV)
I recall when the first drive-thru, fast-food restaurant opened in our small town. It was a big deal. The idea that you could stay in your car and have food passed through a small window was revolutionary! It was one thing to sit in your car and have someone roller-skate up to your window with food, but this took convenience to a whole new level.
Today, it often seems like more families grab food through mini-van windows than sit down to a proper family dinner at home. Afterschool extracurricular activities have parents and kids running in every direction making fast-food a staple of too many.
With this crazy busy lifestyle, a lot of us have fallen into the habit of fast-food devotions. We seldom have time to sit alone in our homes with our thoughts, but instead grab a bite of the Word here and there when convenient – if at all.
We can think that we are doing okay, and we can blame today’s modern ways as the culprit, but as Ecclesiastes says, there is nothing new under the sun. In biblical days, people didn’t have washer and driers, dishwashers and cars. They rose with the sun to work the fields, walked for miles and cooked over open flames. Mankind has been busy ever since the Lord placed Adam in Eden and told him to care and maintain it.
But Adam communed with the Lord as he worked . . . while we tend to plug in our iPod’s and check our cell phones constantly, feeding ourselves with updates and distractions. It’s time we got hungry for a change! I love my spiritual snacks, but we need to take a critical look at our lives and also put aside time with the Lord for balanced meaty meals.
Father, forgive us for sticking out our hands expecting a quick moment with You to make it through our day. Help us to sit with You for a bit and enjoy a full feast of Your daily bread.