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Devotion #13 – Wednesday February 24

Bread of Life – “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.” John 6:35
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled,” Jesus had said (Matt. 5:6). Now He tells us how. We will be filled with Him. He is the righteousness. He is the object of everything for which we truly hunger and thirst. He is the Manna the Father sentm the Bread that satisfies our souls. Yet even today many believers seem hungry and thirsty. Jesus often seems absent from their lives.
Perhaps we hunger for the wrong kind of bread. Jesus says, “He who comes to Me will never go hungry.” Many of us appeal to Jesus for the goods of this world, the filling of our agendas, or the circumstances we would like to have. To us, Jesus is a means to another end – our goals. If this is our story – Jesus is never satisfying. Perhaps we hunger for the right kind of bread but don’t meet Jesus’ conditions for receiving it. Jesus says, “He who comes…he who believes.” Both of these conditions imply that we meet Him on His terms, not ours. We try to come with part of ourselves, but not all. We believe in some of His teaching , but not all. We want the benefits of the Son without abandoning ourselves to Him. If this is our story, Jesus is never satisfying to us, either.
But to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness and who come without reservation, trusting in Him as the source of all righteousness and strength, he satisfies. Those whose whole life is reoriented around Him and who desire nothing else will never want for anything. He is not our means to get bread; He is the Bread. When we follow Him by faith with nothing else to rely on, He provides. And we are filled.

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