“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”
This morning a very simple but profound thought came to mind. The psalm writer encourages us to taste and see that God is good! I’m reminded that Jesus is the fulfilment of this as I start every day now, either by asking specifically or remembering to receive silently “this day our daily bread,” and to drink of the Inner Spring.
But it was this that really caught my attention this morning. It was that Jesus wants to ensure that we will never hunger nor thirst again. In the book titled Jesus Himself, Andrew Murray (not the tennis player) writes about the satisfied heart, the heart that knows Jesus himself. This is the heart of the person who has eaten of the Bread of Life, and drank from the Inner Spring.
We know that Jesus never lied. We know that, because we know that God is not a man and that he cannot lie. So when Jesus said we “shall not hunger,” and we “shall never thirst,” he actually meant that. So why is it that we do? Why is it that we talk about receiving more of God? Why is it that we sing songs about being hungry and thirsty for God, and needing more? I wonder if we are eating of the Bread of Life and drinking of the Inner Spring. I wonder if we have entered into his rest.
I know for myself, the times that I’m hungry for God, those times when literally “my heart and my flesh cry out for you, the living God” are when I’m eating of the wrong bread and drinking of the wrong water. Those times when I’m eating the bread that has bred worms and stinks rather than the Bread of Life, and drinking of the stagnant, still pool rather than the flowing Spring of Life. I also know that I’m not hungry and thirsty for anything when I am eating of the Bread of Life and drinking of the Inner Spring. To be satisfied is not a wrong thing as long as we don’t become passive in our satisfaction. If we do, the chances are that we’re not eating or drinking of Jesus anyway. Our satisfaction with Jesus himself should make us more active than ever! For he
“satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”
We might be told that we always have to be going for something more. We can always seem to be on the edge of something, this will happen or that will happen. God will do a new thing, that sort of talk. And we can be waiting for years and years and nothing actually changes. I wonder if we spend so much time waiting for some thing rather than receiving Someone? To have Jesus is to never be hungry or thirsty. To have Jesus is to eat of the Bread of Life and drink of the Inner Spring so that “his divine power has given to us everything we need for life and godliness.” See, he said this;
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger.”
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
He actually said that! Those words came out of his mouth, and those words are spoken to us now. Those words are an encouragement to us, for God gives us Jesus so that
“They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from your river of delights.”
Let’s not wait for something. Jesus has given all of himself for all our needs and the needs of others. Let’s receive this Bread and drink this Water. Let’s not be hungry nor thirsty, but let’s allow this Bread and Water to bring Life to us, and in experiencing that Life and seeing what the Father is doing, to simply do what we see. A simple life, yes, but a most profound one.
Eat, drink of Jesus. Receive Life. See. Do.
And just for fun, to finish with, here’s a song that I’ve really enjoyed the last few months, and one that I feel is a message that Jesus would be giving. “Drink!”
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