Every morning I wake up thirsty, how is that?! I am a water drinker, it’s primarily what I drink throughout the day, so how is it that I wake up thirsty? Shouldn’t I have something in the reserves from the day before? It’s bizarre, or is it?
Jesus says, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me… 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life.
It sounds like Jesus himself is saying that we can never thirst again. If that is true then why is it that “accepting” him at some point in the past still leaves us thirsty today? Then I noticed something I have never paid attention to before. Jesus says that if we come to him we will never be thirsty, that if we believe, we will never be thirsty. It’s about coming to him and it’s about believing, and neither of these is a one-time event that we can trace back to a time or day. Coming to him and believing sound like daily activities.
I looked back at the story miracle of the feeding of the 5000 that Jesus just performed and saw this:
32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Jesus is referring to manna here, the food which came miraculously from God. The food which showed up every morning, the food that could not be stored up but could only provide sustenance for one day! Coming to him and believing is the same as the manna. It is something we need every morning, a hunger and thirst that time with him and him alone each day can only satisfy.
It sounds like my thirst for water each morning is appropriate. It is a physical reminder of a spiritual thirst (and hunger) that can only be satisfied by turning to the only one who can truly nourish.