What does it mean to believe?

16681-shutterstock_90113023Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life; he who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35).

On another occasion, Jesus said, “whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14).

What does it mean to believe?

From these words, we learn that belief is not merely an agreement with facts about God. It’s also a matter of appetite; of longing; of hungering and thirsting and finding satisfaction and fulfillment in the One who is the Bread of Life. Jesus spoke of “coming to him” in direct relation satisfying hunger and quenching thirst.

Belief is not merely thinking correctly about God and Jesus. It’s a turning to Jesus as the source of life itself and the source of nourishment for life (tasting and seeing).

What is involved in unbelief?

Rarely is unbelief solely a matter of changing one’s mind about facts. Unbelief is a turning of one’s heart away from the Creator and Redeemer – turning away from God to pursue meaning and satisfaction from something or someone else.

Our hearts and hungry and thirsty

Augustine prayed, “Hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee…” We might add that our hearts are hungry until they find satisfaction in God and our hearts are thirsty until quenched by God.

What sustains us?

“Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

So what do you think?

Steve Cornell

About Wisdomforlife

Just another worker in God's field.
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