“I’m hungry,” I say to myself an hour after eating a meal. I’m on the hunt for food. At home, there is no shortage of food and drinks. Candies, cookies, pastries, pies, ice cream, nuts, juices, soft drinks, along with grapes, oranges, apples, and beef jerky are readily available. Thank God, there are no celery or cucumbers are in the house!

Yes, I am thinking about food as I type this devotional. Funny thing is that no matter what I eat, I still feel hungry in an hour or two. It’s an insatiable appetite and hardly anything can curb this hunger.

Note this insightful truth in John 6:26, 27: “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval” (NIV).

Are you working to eat and eating so that you can work? Are you “full” for the moment, but in a few hours you are hungry again? Is this craving reflecting a deeper and greater need in your life and mine? Our bodies crave for physical food and our souls crave for spiritual food. Don’t try to fill the spiritual hunger with physical food. If you do, both your body and soul will remain constantly hungry!

The food that truly matters is the spiritual food from God’s Word. We need a steady supply of spiritual food for each day and a healthy diet for our physical bodies. Are you spiritually starving to death while physically eating yourself to death? What food are you taking to feed your hungry soul?

Kingston Tong

February 26, 2023