Basic human needs are food and water. We cannot survive without them. Four hours out in the sun and I feel like I am dying without water. One bottle is not enough.
Today the Bible opened here:
All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, buy grain and eat; Come, buy grain without money, wine and milk without cost! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what does not satisfy? Only listen to me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Pay attention and come to me; listen, that you may have life. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, the steadfast loyalty promised to David. As I made him a witness to peoples, a leader and commander of peoples, So shall you summon a nation you knew not, and a nation that knew you not shall run to you, Because of the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, who has glorified you.
As I read these words, I am reminded of Jesus’ words:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”
We know our hunger and thirst for food and water. If we are able, we satisfy that hunger and thirst. Many of us, at least I do, over-satisfy that hunger. We satisfy this human need. But that greater need, we often leave still thirsting. We sometimes ignore our hunger and thirst for God. We need food and water daily. I know there is not a day that goes by that I do not receive both, in more quantities than I need. I cannot say the same thing about the living bread and water.
We participate in can food drives for the hungry, serve meals in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, deliver food and water to hurricane and other disaster victims. We help satisfy the human needs of our neighbors and friends, but what are we doing for their spiritual needs. What are we doing to help them come to the water?
God reminds us repeatedly throughout the Bible that just like the bread and water that we need for life on earth, we need the living bread and water that only comes through God for eternal life. We go through life hungry for it and unsatisfied, and often we do not even know that that is the emptiness we feel. We spend money on all the things that the TV ads tell us will make us happy, will satisfy our every need, but no material thing ever does. Instead we continue to suffer from depression and anxiety — a dissatisfaction with life.
Let us come to the water!
You know our every need. Please help all who are thirsty and hungry to find the food and drink that they nee. Help them to recognize what they truly hunger for. I know I thirst and hunger for more of you. Help me to help others find and satisfy their basic needs.