“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
Exodus 16: 2-4, 8-12
2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day.” …
…8 Moses also said, “You will know that it was the Lord when he gives you meat to eat in the evening and all the bread you want in the morning, because he has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? You are not grumbling against us, but against the Lord.” 9 Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’”10 While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. 11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
Have you ever thought about the specifics of what food you fill yourself up with in the morning? For some, every calorie of every bite is counted. For others, like myself, food is food and (if it’s edible) I’ll eat it. But what about the way in which your heart is filled in the morning? I would guess that most of us spend our mornings checking emails, catching up on scores of our favorite sports teams, or seeing if the news has anything important to say.
I want to offer this idea to you from Luke 6:45 that the way we act during the day is dependent on the first thing that fills our hearts in the morning: “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” To hunger and thirst for righteousness and be filled by the Lord, we cannot be full on worldly things.
Exodus 16 paints this picture beautifully. The Israelites complain that they were full in Egypt and should never have left their slavery. They were comfortable. They knew they would get their fill from their masters. They were hungry for food, but not the Lord. Then when they needed food in the desert they turned to Moses and Aaron, not the One who had called them there. However, the Lord uses Moses and Aaron to direct the people back to the only thing that will truly fill them up: “Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.” What I love about this is how the Lord makes sure that the people know that it is not Moses or Aaron that will give them bread to fill them up, but God himself: “…in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.”
In the same way, Jesus tells us that he is the bread of life and if you desire to live fully, come to Jesus. What is it that we hunger and thirst for? Who are we asking to fill us up? It may be that our desires are for the wrong things and the wrong people. This church can lead us to the Lord, but cannot fill us with the bread of life. Today, ask the Lord to empty you of anything that is not of Him and fill you with His Spirit.
“The questions that matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by the words –‘Come unto Me.’ Not –Do this, or don’t do that; but –‘Come unto Me.’” – Oswald Chambers