11 July 2017John 6:30-40
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (v. 35)
Psalm: Psalm 34:11-22
"Give us signs!" "Perform!" "Moses gave us manna", say the people who had just been offered the way to eternal life.
"If you just do this God, I'll believe in you forever" might well be an arrow prayer of our generation.
Two thousand years apart we still demand that God should perform for our benefit, be it through our prayers or through the organisation of the Church, its leaders. And even if we realise that we are asking for the wrong things it seems we can't help ourselves. So Jesus says: "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven" (v. 32).
And the crowd demands - well give us some of that then! Without even realising that all they need is stood right before them.
"I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."
The Bible is full of people speaking from their needs - and their greatest perceived need was food. In today's world we are told we need many things and it is difficult to resist getting caught up in the consumerist society in which we all belong. Still the truth is unchanged: we can have everything in life, but without Jesus we have nothing. Conversely with Jesus in our lives we are helped to resist the temptation of this world to demand that everything - even God - must perform for our own personal benefit.
- When have we asked things of God - which makes God no more than a performing puppet?
- Do you realise that you have everything that you need?
- Make a list today of the good things you already have from God. And give thanks.