01 August 2014
“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. ... They all ate and were satisfied” - (Luke 9:16-17).
After Jesus fed the multitude, a crowd gathered and greedily sought His provision. They were both curious and physically hungry. The Savior knew the intent of their hearts. He also knew they had not learned the lesson He had taught the day before as He fed the multitude of people. It was there that He first proclaimed, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35; 6:48). Instead of focusing on Christ and the spiritual bread He had to offer, their eyes were set on material provision. Instead of focusing on the glory of God, they were anxious to have their stomachs filled.
Many times, we have the same attitude. We tell ourselves, “As long as God meets my needs, then I will give Him a pat on the back and tell Him that He is all right.” In some circles, this is the total depth of Christianity, and it is exactly why there is a lack of sincerity in many churches today. Satan loves to water down the Gospel message so that we begin to view it as weak and not worth our commitment. However, God demands nothing less than our complete obedience.
He is the bread of life. This means that He satisfies us—He fills us with His Word so that we are no longer hungry or discontent. He wants to elevate our vision and teach us to focus on things that are far more important than food and earthly possessions.
The bread Jesus offers not only will satisfy your physical hunger, but also it will satisfy your soul hunger, your emotional hunger, and your intellectual hunger. When you give your life to Him and seek His heavenly food, you will be fed with food that does not perish—and every hunger you have will be perfectly satisfied.
Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, thank You for Your spiritual food that satisfies my hunger. I thank You for the satisfaction I have in You. Please focus my life on building Your Kingdom. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."