READ – Matthew 5:6; John 4:13-14; John 6:35; Revelation 7:16
I am currently reading the Gospel of John and The Revelation in the Bible. Today I read John 6 and Revelation 7. In John 6:35 Jesus says that He is the Bread of Life and that if anyone will come to Him and partake of Him then they will never be hungry again. This of course reminded me of Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John 4. There He tells her that He has living water and if anyone will come and partake of that water they will never get thirsty again. Coincidentally, as I read Revelation 7, John sees all those from all the world who are delivered from the Tribulation around the throne of God. One of blessings that God gives to them in verse 16 is that they will never be hungry or thirsty.
Now, I think I have a pretty good understanding of what Jesus was trying to say and not saying. I feel like He was talking about our spiritual hunger and spiritual thirst. I believe He was saying that when we come to Him and enter a relationship with Him that spiritually, or in our spirits, we find satisfaction. We find a filling. No more spiritual longing. We become filled, satisfied.
So here’s my problem. I’m not satisfied. I’m still hungry and thirsty. I still have spiritual longings in my heart. They drive me crazy. I can never seem to find a satisfaction in my spirit. I long to be used by God for His Kingdom’s work. I long to take His Gospel to the nations. I want Him to use me here, there and everywhere to be His hands, His voice, His heart. I’m still thirsty, I’m still hungry. He said I shouldn’t be. I’m not satisfied and He said I should be.
Here’s my conclusion. I want to so many things: to be used by Him, to go here or there. I want to have Him work in me or through me. The problem is I haven’t wanted only Him! Just Him. He needs to be the object of my desire, not my work for Him or even His work through me, But only Him! He is enough. He should be my all. He should be my goal. I need to learn to be satisfied with Jesus. You see, He is the living water and the Bread who came down from heaven. It’s not His work or His ministry. It’s Him. I just need to be a branch connected to the vine. Then I can be satisfied. Then I can be without hunger and without thirst. He is eternal life. He is my all in all. Only Him.