When you get what you want, are you satisfied?

18 10 2013

Then 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

They were the best I’d ever had and twelve years later, I still haven’t found any tacos that compare. I was an exchange student in Mexico City when I discovered tacos al pastor from a roadside restaurant. The flame kissed pork, homemade tortillas, and fresh pico de gallo…oh, how I’d love to make it back there some day! Perhaps you have a favorite dish. Most of us do. Maybe it’s something that reminds you of the holidays or from your favorite restaurant. Interestingly, no matter how many times we satisfy that longing, we still find ourselves wanting more. We can’t wait until we can eat it again.

The longing for food is but one of our physical longings. Just as we experience hunger, we also thirst, have a desire for comfort, etc. I believe these physical pangs help us understand a deeper set of longings, those of the spirit. We long for peace, hope, love, and righteousness. But how do we fulfill these spiritual longings?

As Jesus fed the 5,000, He satisfied the physical hunger of the people, but their hunger returned the next day. They again found Jesus, looking for another handout. (This sounds strikingly familiar.) Jesus then pointed them to a deeper, spiritual longing. He claimed to be the “Bread of Life” that would forever fulfill them. If they would eat of the Bread of Life, they would never hunger again.

While he could provide them with food for their stomachs, His purpose was to satisfy that deep sense of hunger within their spirits. He serves the same purpose today. He gives us peace and hope. He shows us love and clothes us in righteousness. He wants to fill your hungering spirit. He is the Bread of Life that has come from heaven, and He is the only one that can satisfy. Do you know Jesus in this way? Let Him fill you and you will never hunger again. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Father, I have a spiritual hunger that I cannot satisfy on my own. Let me find fulfillment in Jesus. Amen.