What Are You Hungry For? By Jaclyn Myers and Dr. Ingo Sorke
“Lord, bless me. Give me money to pay for my tuition. Give me guidance on what I should do with my major.” Give me, give me, give me. Lately, these are the only kinds of prayers that leave my lips. There is nothing inherently wrong with asking God for guidance and help. However, it seems like all I do is ask Him for things He can do for me. What can He do to make my life better? How can He benefit me? After feeding the five thousand with a few loaves and fishes, Jesus went across the sea to escape those trying to get Him to become their king. These fanatical people followed Him and demanded to know why He had left. He answered them by calling them out on their motives. John 6:26 says, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.” The crowds did not care who He was or what He was doing, as long as He filled them with bread. They wanted the free refreshments, not the freedom of Christ. The people saw Jesus as only there to provide for their temporary physical needs. He was there to feed them, to heal their diseases, and to free them from persecution. As long as He was doing what they wanted Him to do, they were happy followers. In Exodus 16, the Israelites were complaining about being in the wilderness. They wanted to go back to Egypt rather than trust in God’s plan for them. Still, God sent down manna from heaven to feed not only their stomachs, but to demonstrate His ability to feed their souls. Jesus mirrored these actions when He fed the multitudes. Jesus reminded them that it wasn’t Moses who sent the bread, but God. He emphasized how God sent a different kind of bread to them now. Jesus stated, “I
am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger.” These people, like many today, were working for things that would not last instead of “the food that endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you.” Jesus laid it all out before them. Only by believing in Him and accepting His life and death as their own could they have everlasting life. This was not the Jesus they had originally signed up for. They wanted Him to do all these things for them, but they didn’t want Him. Sure enough, John later writes, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.” True hunger is not a game, but a thirsting of the soul for something more substantial than anything the world has to offer. Isn’t that how we tend to be as well? We pray for blessings from God, but we never really want Him. We are not attracted to the life He lived, only to what He can give. We already feel full of the bread of this world, whether that be money, food, or possessions, and we don’t think we need the so-called bread of life. Being full of the world today means to be empty again tomorrow. Being full of the bread of life, of Jesus, means to be satisfied for eternity. What are you hungry for?