As I sipped my coffee, I noticed my father was struggling with his. I continued to keep my eye on him from across the table and soon realized one side of his face was drooped, causing him to drool his breakfast. Oh boy, I know this isn’t good.
After much resistance, he agreed to go to the hospital. Nurses and doctors moved like lightening upon our arrival. After many tests, a transfer to Miami, and many more tests, the cause of stroke was conclusive – patent foramen ovale (PFO) – more simply, a hole in his heart. Finally, a procedure was scheduled to close the hole.
Everyone is born with this hole, which normally closes after birth. But in about twenty percent of people the hole fails to close. This can cause strokes later in life as it allows blood clots to travel through the PFO to the brain, starving the brain of normal blood flow.
But there’s another hole in our heart we’re all born with. It’s a God hole. Unless filled, this hole can cause spiritual starvation. The writer of Ecclesiastes said eternity has been placed in our hearts (v3:11). We all have a need only Jesus can fill. We were made this way. We were made to need Him.
Jesus said, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst (John 6:35). Only Jesus, the Bread of Life, can fill our God hole and satisfy our deep spiritual hunger and thirst.
“Bread of life” actually means “the Bread that gives life.”
This is why Jesus taught us to pray, Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). He provides for all our needs – physical and spiritual. The fact that He previously said, Man does not live by bread alone but by every word from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4), tells us He wasn’t only talking about physical bread. Since He is the Bread of Life, when we pray for daily bread, we’re praying not only for physical needs, but spiritual needs. We’re asking Him to be our spiritual sustenance for that day and fill our God hole.
How does it get filled? God’s Word. The Bible is our spiritual bread.
John 1:1 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And verse 14, The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Word is the Bread, and The Bread is the Word, and the Word was made flesh – Jesus – God in the flesh.
We don’t live by what goes into our mouth, but by what comes out of God’s.
Notice the word daily. Just as manna was provided each day for the Israelites in the desert (Exodus 16), and they were not to depend on yesterday’s supply, we are to come to Him daily for our supply of spiritual manna. And just as they were to intentionally gather it, so must we.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 ESV
The physical manna in Exodus saved the Israelites from physical weakness and death. Jesus, our spiritual manna, saves us from spiritual weakness and death.
To prevent spiritual starvation, which can lead to a spiritual stroke, we need Jesus to fill the God hole in our heart.
We need the Bread of Life – daily.
Have you gathered your manna today?
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
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