Are you hungry? Probably like me you say yes most of the time. It is the way it is, we are hungry. But are you hungry for the right things? Jesus was walking through Samaria with His disciples who were hungry and wanted food said, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about…My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish this work…Look at the fields, they are ripe for harvest” John 4:34-35).
For the disciples finding food was a constant theme. They told Jesus that the crowd of 5,000 was hungry and they needed to go find food. But Jesus says that there is a food that satisfies. He tells them that they have come to need milk and not solid food. Here He is speaking of the Word of God. Remember in the John 4 passage that Jesus headed to talk with the woman at the well when the disciples went to town to buy food. He told her, “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. But the water I give him will become in them fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). Way back in the Old Testament story of the Exodus, God rained down bread from heaven. But in Deuteronomy 8:3 He said, “man does not live by bread alone but from every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
So that’s what He is talking about, that we are to satisfy our desires and hungers not on worldly things but on His Word. Yes, that is what Jesus had and has given to us if we will seek and eat. It is seeking the will of God that fills us. We cannot fast forever in God’s word the Bible, but we can stop and read or meditate on it more than we do. We spend thousands of hours a year eating, how many in the Word? It is nourishment for our souls and guidance for our lives.