Our verse for today comes from John 6:35, ” 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.’ “
I have experienced hunger recently. Yesterday morning quickly comes to mind. In fact, I’m working up a pretty good appetite again this morning. I have also chosen to follow Jesus. In the distant past, much more recently, and again this morning. Putting these two conditions together, then, it stands to reason that these words here of Jesus are simply not true. I have come to Him, yet I still hunger. He said whoever comes to Him shall never hunger. But, you say, Jesus was talking about spiritual hunger. He meant that our souls would never hunger or thirst again. Really? Then why didn’t He just say that? What prevented Him from uttering that one additional word, a most critical word that would completely clarify the crux of His lesson? That seems a fair question. On the other hand, maybe instead of Jesus’ words being false or Him having suffered from being misquoted, perhaps I have not really come to Him and believed in Him. Is it possible that what I might consider coming to Him is actually far less? Could what I call belief in Jesus turn out to fall far short of what He was describing? Probably. I can’t fool myself into thinking that I am seeking and trusting Him completely as He would have me. Reading the scriptures tells me that much more would be going on in, through, and around me if that were the case.
But I also believe that I have placed my entire hope in Jesus and His completed work of redemption. I can get closer to Him and become much more like Him, but there is no way that I can become any more secure in Him than I already am. And so, there remains the hunger and thirst. But overflowing from the heart of Christ is the intent to change our hunger and thirst. His Spirit, as He fills you soul, brings with Himself the longings that go places mere food and drink cannot go. His cravings are other-worldly, literally and figuratively, when compared to the material trappings that catch our eye and distract our heart. Let Him change what you hunger and thirst for, and then He will satisfy your deepest cravings.
As we seek Him today, ask God to take your heart to the place where it hungers and thirsts for only what He offers. Ask for eyes that are not lured by what’s shiny and sexy.