Jonathan's Perspective  

Aug 23

'Food that Satisfies'

Have you ever eaten something and shortly after felt ravenous again?  That sometimes happens to me if I have junk food.  It fills my belly, but doesn't satisfy my body's craving.  Stuffing sugar and fried carbs in my gullet leaves me crashing and feeling awful.  There is one fast food restaurant that I love, but later I feel like I ate a bowling ball and got a lube job at the same time!  Is it that much different for our spirits?  We are spiritually hungry for truth, guidance, love, acceptance, boundaries, and encouragement.  While God offers all this through a relationship with himself and the indwelling Holy Spirit, we stuff our spirits with all sorts of stuff that leaves us unsatisfied.  Then we do more of the same with even worse, diminishing results. 

Jesus gave us an alternative.  Jesus declared, 'I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.' (John 6:35)  Do you trust Jesus to satisfy your hungry spirit?  Before you give the knee-jerk Christian response, let me ask other questions:  Do you set time aside every day to nurture your relationship with Jesus?  Do you invite Jesus into your ongoing thoughts, decisions and interactions throughout the day, at work and home?  Do you make room to listen to the Holy Spirit in your prayers and scripture reading?  Fact is, that if you are like me, in my spiritual weariness at times, I try to satisfy the hunger with business and distraction.  

The challenge for us is to go to Jesus regularly as a family member who we wake up with and go to sleep with; as a colleague who is working alongside us in any task we are given; as a neighbor who loves and is building community with us.  'Come to Jesus' early and often.  Allow him to feed you in a way that you will never hunger or thirst again.  

As we move through the Gospel of John (today is day 4), look for clues to who this Jesus is who satisfies our deepest hunger and thirst.  You will be amazed at the rich banquet set before us by God.  

Because your love is better than life,

     my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,

     and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods. (Psalm 63:3-5) 

Blessed to be a blessing,

Jonathan

 

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