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Daily Devotionals

Day 3 – Issue 13

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Be Still Know

John 6:35 NLT

Jesus replied, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’

For thousands of years bread has been recognised as a staple component of our diet. It has also come to act as a metaphor for the most basic necessities in life – ‘Breadwinner’ and earning just enough to ‘put bread on the table’. In most cultures throughout all ages, bread is understood to be critical to the life of every man and woman.

When Jesus takes up the term ‘bread’ in describing himself, he is stating that he is the staple diet for all humanity. That just as bread is the foundation food for any household since it is available to all, no matter their status or wealth, so he is to be the principal foundation for every human life. In the Old Testament, following their delivery from Egyptian slavery, God fed the Israelites ‘manna’, or bread, in the wilderness. It served as a sign of God’s love, and the provision such love always makes available. So it is, no matter what our circumstances, we can rely upon the provision of God made freely available to us. This is our nourishment in the bad times as well as the good.

Now Jesus’ promise is that those who approach him for this staple diet of God-bread will never hunger. Of course, that all depends on how we interpret hunger; for it is self-evident, as each of us will have experienced, that life is not always a rosy experience and there are trials and tribulations that we must endure and persevere through. The hunger is one that looks to the life beyond, to a sense of that which lies outside the three-dimensional world in which we each live. Not as a form of escape or pretence, but truly to understand that our life on earth is lived out against the backdrop of eternity, and these precious years on earth are but the precursor to an everlasting life in close fellowship with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

QUESTION: In what areas are either your confidence in, or comfort from God – the bread of heaven – missing?

PRAYER: Thank you, God, that you invite me to eat and be satisfied, that the longings of my soul are met in you. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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