34. And Jesus asked them, How many loaves of bread do you have? They replied. Seven and a few small fish.
35. And ordering the crowd to recline on the ground,
36. He took the seven loaves and the fish, and when He had given thanks He broke them and gave them to the people.
37. And they all ate and were satisfied; and they gathered up seven large provision baskets full of the broken pieces that were left. Amp.
Satisfy – d) content.
Jesus performed the miracles of the loaves and fishes more than once. You would think the disciples would never be the same. But it really did not register in their heart. They immediately found themselves in a boat with a violent wind rising and were afraid.
So too in our lives when Jesus has done the most for us, immediately a trial comes that shakes us to the core. He sees what we need and supplies the right trial at the perfect time so we might remember what He has just done for us. John does not even mention Peter walking on the water. They must have been competing for Jesus’ attention.
John 6:35 Jesus replied, “I am the Bread of Life, He who comes to Me will never be hungry and he who believes on and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst anymore — at any time.”
John 6:53-57 is saying that when we dwell in Him that we are nourished by Him. He is not speaking physically but spiritually. We have so many needs that only He can supply. It is by His Spirit that we receive His nourishing Life into our souls.
How do we know that we are receiving what we need? Romans 8 says we must be led by the Spirit and not the flesh. If we are trusting in our own power or on this world for the help that we need, we will become empty and dry.
We must submit ourselves to God. The fleshly, carnal mind does not and is hostile to God. Romans 8:7 If we continue to seek those things of the flesh and not those things of the Spirit, it is death for us. There is no other way but to allow the Holy Spirit to have control of our lives. It does not mean that we never mess up.
The Amplified puts it the best, I believe.
Romans 8:13 For if you live according to the dictates of the flesh you will surely die. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you are habitually putting to death –making extinct, deadening the evil deeds prompted by the body, you shall really genuinely live forever.
We must do our best to grow little by little. Yes, we all mess up and the flesh gets in the way at times. But we must quickly repent and get up and go forward. It is when we keep our eyes on our weakness instead of the power of the Holy Spirit that is working in us that we can fall into that pit of self pity and get stuck, though there is no reason for it.
We must decide to always obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit. As we make it our daily habit, we will get there. That is when our soul is fed and we are completely satisfied. The people Jesus fed, I believe were satisfied not just physically but spiritually. I am sure they never forgot what it felt like to be fed by Jesus. We will never forget either.
POEM — STREAMS IN THE DESERT
Come now and rest; the journey is too great,
And you will faint beside the way and sink:
The Bread of Life is here for you to eat,
And here for you, the wine of Love to drink.
Then from fellowship with your Lord return,
And work till daylight softens into even:
Those brief hours are not lost in which you learn
More of Your Master and His Rest in Heaven.