As human beings we have needs. No matter how great achievers we become, the basic needs of life are the most humbling to put man in his place. Our needs pass on a message to us that we aren’t that great anyway. One of the needs we have is for food.

Without food, we can possess no strength or energy to do anything else. We need a constant supply and a good portion of food. Bread represents the most basic unit of food anywhere in the world. Bread is common to the king’s table and the beggar’s morsel. It is this bread that Jesus is for the spiritually hungry. He is the substance required for us to exist spiritually.

Just like without food for long enough, we die; likewise, without bread for the spirit, we will die. Jesus is the embodiment of that food that is enough to satisfy our spirit. Water is required for our survival. Drinking it is just a reflex action. We do it without thinking. Jesus claims to be and is the living water to our thirsty souls.

It is not enough to only read about Jesus and His words. We should be in a position to feed on Him as bread and water. It is only when we feed on Him, His words in this manner, can we claim to have life in us. Just like bread when digested becomes one with the body, so also when the words of Jesus are assimilated by our spirits do we become one with Him and He with us.

In this passage, people looked at Jesus as a provider and a miracle worker. Having just performed the miracle of multiplication of bread and fish, it would be great to have someone who could provide for every need. Jesus goes further to reveal through His statement that He is not only a provider but the embodiment of the provision Himself. If you have Him, you need not anything more. Dr. H. A. Ironside said, “Christ is a substitute for everything but nothing is a substitute for Christ.”

Lesson: It is not just enough to know Him personally but rather to savor Him with all our delights.


Planning always helps. Even when you receive Jesus as your personal savior, you unknowingly plan a course. While others stop to plan their career, family, retirement and perhaps even death, you’ve just jumped the line and planned post-death. That’s a wise choice. However, one must not neglect planning important decisions.

What may be available today might become out of reach tomorrow. Pharaoh was pleased with Joseph and lifted him up to the high position not only because he could interpret the dream but also because he gave a full-fledged plan for the prosperity of the land during the impending famine. Sowing and reaping is a biblical principle. Even in our lives, there are times when we need to sow into work, business, and investments and reap their benefits at the right season. If we miss out a good time of harvest, we will probably never get that again.

Lesson: Watch out for sowing and reaping seasons. Be wise and discerning to identify them first, and second, not to miss them.