Some mornings I wake up already feeling hungry. Other days, I can go for hours without feeling the urge to eat at all. There are times when I feel hungry but have no idea what I even feel like eating. And then there are those times I can eat everything and anything as it all looks good to me. Who can figure out my appetite? You probably have the same problem with yours.
Scripture bids me, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8, NLT). In this psalm, David is calling us to discover the very same soul satisfaction that he had found in his Lord.
Again in Psalm 107, we find written,Â “For he (speaking of God) satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” (verse 9, NLT).
Jesus states, “I am the Bread of Life.”
He stated that because He knew those He would encounter would remember that manna had been provided for God people’s in the wilderness. He wanted to point out that God was not merely active in the past with Moses but was active, right then and there, in the present age. God provided them Jesus “the true bread from heaven”Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â (John 6:32, NIV).
In calling Himself, The Bread of Life, Jesus states this:
- “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (verse 33).
- “I m the bread of life.” (verse 34)
- “He who comes to me will never go hungry.” (verse 34).
- “I am the living bread.” (verse 51)
In the first chapters of the Gospel of John, we are told that Jesus is the Word, ‘the logos” (Greek word that is used there). In Hebrews 4:12, we are told the “Word of God is living and active”. And it is alive and active today. In each of the verses in John, the verb tense is used by which it is indicated that Jesus IS the Bread of Life – presently and actively and continually. He always shall be.
My hunger for the Word must be awakened each morning much the way my stomach is awakened each morning for breakfast. It is Jesus alone, the logos, the Living Word, Who alone will satisfy my hunger. I am reminded of the words to a song which put it this way:
This is my daily bread. This is my daily bread.
Your very word. Spoken to me
(lyrics to Breathe, by Michael W. Smith)
I must come each time, cracking open my Bible, believing that I will find His Word spoken to me personally. I must believe that as I am holding my Bible in my hands, it is His Word for me. And we each need to believe and approach His Word in that way each time we read within those pages. Then we will never be hungry. It is then we will find ourselves truly satisfied.
“Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.”
He holds my nourishment.