One of our deepest driving motivations is to forage or work to provide for food. There are many different quips concerning our need for sustenance. Food is our body’s fuel and without it our body ceases to work. It is a real need. It is said that armies march on their bellies. The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. James beard said, “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” From chocolate food groups to comfort food, we find all sorts of different ways to describe the pleasures of eating.
However, man cannot live on bread alone. We cannot only live to eat, we must
adopt the attitude that we eat to live. That life is what Jesus is trying to encourage mankind to redefine. Instead of looking at the world and specific needs and the pressures that determine those things, we should instead trust God to provide as He determines for us and live for Him through that faith. The challenge is, we often define our contentedness from our belly when our spirit should drive us.
In John 6:48-51, Jesus tells His disciples the most important bread, the greatest sustenance mankind can hope for is eternal provision. God provided temporal sustenance from Heaven during the wilderness wondering through manna. God provides everlasting spiritual sustenance through His Son. Faith in these eternal things provides contentedness regardless of the temporal things.
When we loose sight of these truths, we are often caught up in the tide that always looks for something better, always covets those things they do not have, always sees the grass on the other side of the fence as better. With Christ, we can be content because we have a proper perspective, a proper direction.
One who focuses upon Christ is content regardless life’s challenges. When we look to store up our treasures in heaven, the things of earth grow strangely dim in the sight of His glory and grace.