July 28, 2012Scripture Reading--Luke 4:31-38
We often pursue goals, activities, and aspirations that we think will give us great satisfaction and fulfillment only to find that we still feel empty inside. In the recent economic downturn, many people have come face to face with the reality that wealth can be fleeting and that even something as cherished as a home can be taken away. We see many ironies in our time. We are more connected to people through social media than ever, but many of us long for deep, lasting relationships. We have more entertainment options than we can count, but many of us are easily bored. We are surrounded by all kinds of choices for food. But many among us have either too little or far too much. It is an ancient problem—substituting short-term fixes to fill some great spiritual need. Jesus had been discussing life with a Samaritan woman at the well. He’d violated every social convention of the day by reaching out to her. The disciples were concerned about Jesus and wanted him to stop, take care of himself, and eat. Jesus wasn’t so spiritual that he didn’t think taking care of the body wasn’t important—after all, he did feed 5000 hungry people! But he told his disciples, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” The disciples thought he had some secret supply of food. But Jesus went on, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to do his work.” Jesus knew that the only thing that would ultimately satisfy him was being squarely in the center of God’s will. Of all the lifestyle options available to us, discovering God’s will for us as individuals and living into that purpose is still the only one that doesn’t overpromise and under-deliver!
Thought for the day: Discovering and doing God’s will is the only path that satisfies our deepest hunger.
Prayer: O God, we pray for those who are truly hungry. Bless them with enough food to sustain them. But help all of us whether living in want or plenty, to discover the joy and fulfillment that comes from living into your purpose for our lives. Amen.