God’s love satisfies spiritual hunger. Nothing else can.
The Bible tells of a lady who had a serious health problem. She tried everything she could to get well, but nothing worked.
Only when she reached through a crowd of people and touched Jesus’ garment was she made well.
The Lord actually felt the healing power go out of Him and asked who it was who’d touched Him. The woman fell down in fear and admitted it was she, and Jesus told her that it had been her faith in Him that had made her well.
Many are still in the previous stage she’d been in, trying everything they can to satisfy the deep spiritual longings of their hearts on their own.
Some occupy themselves with accumulating wealth and purchasing nicer things. Others may be experimenting with drugs or sex. Some seek fulfillment through doing good deeds.
But it was only when the woman had touched Jesus that she was made well.
A personal relationship with the Lord satisfies the soul. Jesus said that He was the “bread of life,” and that if we eat of Him — and by that he meant if we would receive Him into our whole being through faith — we would never hunger and we would live forever. He said that if we placed our faith in Him, we would experience “living water” flowing into our beings from deep within ourselves, and we would never thirst again.
That living water is the life and love of the Holy Spirit who quenches our spiritual thirst and overflows into an abundant life. He pours Himself out through us in goodness and good deeds.
What happened to the woman didn’t occur in anonymity. Jesus wanted to know the one who touched Him.
He loves each of us, but He seeks to enter our lives in a personal relationship. That relationship begins when we place our faith in Him as Savior and Lord, believing that He died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and will come again.
He knocks on the door of each heart, earnestly desiring to hear from us, “Please come in and stay.”
The Rev. Greg Brownell is pastor of Dayton United Brethren Church in Dayton. Pastors in the U-B circulation area who want to write a column should contact Catherine Hicks at 509-526-8312, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.