Our bodies need nourishment. On top of feeling hungry, you may feel dizzy or experience a headache if you wait too long to eat again. Humans can only survive three days without water and around a week without food. We must nourish our bodies daily to feel our best and to accomplish our daily tasks.
Much like how our bodies need nourishment to sustain our physical life, our souls need nourishment to sustain our spiritual life.
If bread and water nourish our bodies, how do we nourish our souls?
With living water and the bread of life: Jesus.
When Jesus asked the Samaritan woman at the well for a drink of water, she responds by questioning how He, a Jew, could ask such a thing of a Samaritan seeing that the two people groups did not associate with one another (John 4:7-9).
Jesus responds, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” (John 4:10, ESV).
What is this living water? Jesus Himself tells us, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:37-38, ESV). The apostle and author of the Gospel of John explains this statement further, “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.” (John 7:39a, ESV).
Jesus offers the Holy Spirit as ever satisfying, completely thirst-quenching, nourishing water for the soul. This water brings spiritual life to all those who believe in Jesus.
Jesus also called Himself the bread of life (John 6:35), saying that those that come to Him will never hunger (John 6:35). Not only does Jesus give the Holy Spirit as nourishment for the soul, but He also gives Himself.
By calling Himself the bread of life, Jesus is saying that just as bread is essential to life, so is He.
Jesus gives us this metaphor of being our bread of life and giving us living water to show that He fundamentally provides all we need to nourish and sustain our spiritual lives.
When we feel hungry and thirsty for joy, peace, comfort, righteousness, belonging, and love, Jesus satisfies us. When our souls feel exhausted and weary, Jesus provides the nourishment we need to revive our energy and continue through our spiritual battles.
Are you feasting on Scripture to feed your hungry soul? Are you being filled with the Spirit daily to quench your thirst?
Jesus provides all we need and desire for our spiritual lives. He is the only source of true nourishment for our souls.