“Don’t chase after what you will eat and what you will drink. Stop worrying. All the nations of the world long for these things. Your Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire his kingdom and these things will be given to you as well.”
C. S. Lewis said, “I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” In saying, “I am the Bread of Life,” Jesus is in effect telling us, “I don’t want you to spend your life just chasing fullness. I want to offer satisfaction, no matter what the circumstances are. I want to give you contentment and peace. I can provide that. Let me be your source of joy, so that no matter where you are, you can say, “Right now is a good day. Life is good. I am blessed.”
O God, you are the true bread of life. But we nibble on all sorts of unsatisfying tidbits that leave us soon hungry again. Help us open our ears to your invitation and our hearts to your call to be filled with you. In the name of Jesus, the true bread that came down from heaven for the life of the world. Amen.
What are some of your worst habits? Worrying? Working too late? Shopping too much? Overeating? Substitute one of your bad habits by doing something more positive instead.
Credits: *From The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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