Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:35-40 (NIV)
Hunger And Thirst
Your hunger and thirst drew you to me. Without me, you had no hope and purpose and meaning in life. Without me, you had a void within you that nothing from the world would ever be able to fill. Without me, you were living a bruised and battered and broken life. You were wandering from one meaningless endeavor to another. You were walking on a path of darkness that was leading away from me. You were hungry. You were thirsty. You were searching. Is this all true? Yes, all that you have said is true. Without you, I was lost, there is no doubt about that.
But I was unwilling to let you go. I was unwilling to let you live a life without me, both now and forever. I pursued you. I sought you out. I allowed your hunger and thirst to do its work within you. I gave you the awareness that something was drastically missing from your life. I fostered your search for something else, and something more. I placed a desire for more within you. You did not know it at the time, but you were searching for me. I allowed you to hunger and thirst for me. The void of emptiness that you were feeling was me not being in your life. The lostness you were feeling was you not living your life with and for me. Is all that I am saying true? Yes, all that you have said is true. Without you, I was empty inside, there is no doubt about that.
Will you continue to love and follow and serve me? Will you continue to live your life with and for me? Will you continue to walk with me through life? Yes Lord, it will be my joy and pleasure to love and follow and serve you. I will walk through life with you. I will live my life with and for you. You are my Savior and Lord. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.
Lord, before I came to know and love and follow and serve you as my Savior and Lord, I thought I had many hungers and thirsts. What I did not know is that my hunger and thirst was for you. Thank you for filling my life with hope and meaning and purpose. Amen
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