You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Augustine, AD 354-430
Augustine’s ancient insights are very true and still very relevant. Another way of articulating his insights would be to say, “We are hungry people and our soul will not be satisfied until we have been fed by you.” This is what we find in John 6. Yes, we feel physical hunger every single day. But we have a deeper hunger that drives us. That hunger will never be satisfied by food.
As we work through the Gospel of John, this Sunday we begin a multi-week mini-series in John 6 considering Awe & Our Hunger.
John 6:1-15, beginning with the familiar story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, opens our eyes to deep and awe-inspiring things about our hunger and God.
- God knows we are hungry and he cares about it. He is a compassionate Father.
- We often think our hunger is too big for God or that he doesn’t really care about it.
- Our hunger is often misdirected.
Working this past year with Steve Walton, Pastor Mike, and Harper Cossar on our Awe School of Discipleship classes has opened my eyes to see just how deeply hungry and unsatisfied our world is. We consume so many things but still experience a gnawing emptiness. Our hunger is for God, but we try to fill ourselves with other things. We were made to know deep and profound awe in his presence and in relationship with him. Our hearts are restless, because he made us for himself, and we will not find rest until we find our rest in him – until we find him to be our rest.
Take some time to read, reflect, and meditate on John 6:1-15. Ask God to show you your hunger, help you believe that he can handle it, and open your eyes to see how your hunger has been misdirected.
Yours in Christ,