Date: Friday, April 19
Scripture: John 6:35-40
Verse: Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
People who struggle with overeating are often told their eating is a way of trying to fill a void in their lives. The truth is, many of us try to fill ourselves with things that don’t really satisfy – shopping, work, relationships, bank accounts, alcohol, sports, hobbies, and more. We look for fulfillment, satisfaction, completeness, but those things do not last.
One of my food weaknesses is bread. It is so much fun going to places like Texas Road House, where they give you a basket of warm bread as soon as you sit down at the table. But we know bread isn’t very good for us. So I try to limit my intake of bread. In Jesus’ day, bread was a staple of the average person’s diet. Meat was rare and expensive, only consumed at special occasions. Bread was cheap and readily available. This everyday food was considered a necessity for the sustaining of life, especially for the impoverished people with whom Jesus spent most of his time talking.
When Jesus calls himself the “bread of life,” he is talking about being the one thing that truly satisfies and sustains life. More food won’t, neither will that next promotion, the next antique shop, the Broncos winning the Super Bowl, or any of those things. The short-term satisfaction we receive will wane, and we will be looking for more and better. Our true satisfaction comes in allowing Jesus to be the one to fill and satisfy us.
Prayer: Give me strength, Lord Jesus, to turn to you for satisfaction, and stop chasing other things. Amen.
Action: The next time bread is part of your meal, whisper a prayer thanking Jesus for being the true bread of life.
Respond: What are some of the things you have used to try to bring satisfaction? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.