Jesus called Himself The Bread of Life. To sustain life we must eat food. Bread wonít do our bodies any good sitting on the kitchen counter. The only way we can get the benefits of
the nutrients that sustain our bodies is to eat the bread. The same is true of Christ. Unless we actually receive Christ, He is of no benefit to us. Just knowing about Him is not doing us
any good. We can hear about Him and read about Him, but until we ask Him to come into our hearts He is like the bread sitting on the kitchen counter: of no benefit. But once we have
invited Him into our lives, we will never again hunger or thirst. He guarantees that, if we stay in fellowship with Him, He will satisfy our spiritual needs.
Genesis25:30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.
31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright.
32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?
33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
Some say Jacob was a deceiver and tricked Esau out of his birthright. But how bad did Esau really want that birthright?
What was he willing to give up or to suffer to keep that birthright. How long do you think he had been out in the field
hunting and how far from home or another food source do you think he was? I think maybe he gave up his birthright a
little too easily. A birthright was given to the firstborn son and included a double portion of inheritance along with the
position of leader of the family. The oldest son was allowed to give away or sell his birthright to another family member
but he would lose his position and his inheritance. This meant so little to Esau he was willing to give it all up for a
bowl of beans.
We need to read this scripture soberly. It is so easy to give in to the physical hungers of the body. There are many things the world offers that are not good for our bodies. All kinds
of substance abuse is out there today, besides food, alcohol, nicotine and the obvious drugs there are things that were unheard of 20 years ago. Kids are even killing themselves by
Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."
Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing."
What do you hunger and thirst for?
We live in a society that wants more and more. We are never satisfied with what we have - itís never enough. We eat out a lot and my husband asked me the other night where I wanted
to eat. I didnít answer for a few minutes and he thought I didnít hear him. He asked me again. I heard him, I was just tired of all the restaurants in our area. I wanted something
different. I was hungry for something our city didnít have. When I named the restaurant I wanted to go to he said weíd have to drive over a hundred miles to go there.
Sometimes we hunger for things we canít have and for things we donít really need. Many times we hunger for something new and exciting and that hunger gets us into trouble.
The fact is, your life is what you make it. You can make it dull and boring, routine and mediocre or you can join a church and within that church join some classes and groups, make new
friends and fill the void in your life with the things of God. Begin a personal Bible Study and Devotion each day. You will see your hunger for other things begin to disappear. Once you
taste and see how good the things of the Lord are you no longer hunger for the things the world has to offer.
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