Week 24 (Day 1): The Power of Hunger



John 6:35                                                                                                                

Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

In the Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, a young girl named Jill who is quite thirsty discovers a stream- but also finds it guarded by a lion.                                                                                                                                                

“Are you not thirsty?” said the Lion.

“I’m dying of thirst,” said Jill.

“Then drink,” said the Lion. 

“May I- could I- would you mind going away while I do?” said Jill.

The Lion answered this only by a look and a very low growl. And as Jill gazed at his motionless bulk, she realized that she might as well have asked the whole mountain to move aside for her convenience…

“Will you promise not to- do anything to me, if I do come?” said Jill.

“I make no promise,” said the Lion.                                                                                                                                          

Jill was so thirsty now that, without noticing it, she had come a step nearer.                                                                    

“Do you eat girls?” she asked.  

“I have swallowed up girls and boys, women and men, kings and emperors, cities and realms,” said the Lion. It didn’t say this as if it were boasting, nor as if it were sorry, nor as if it were angry. It just said it.                                                                                                      

“I daren’t come and drink,” said Jill.

“Then you will die of thirst,” said the Lion.

“Oh dear!” said Jill, coming another step nearer. “I suppose I must go and look for another stream then.”  

“There is no other stream,” said the Lion.

We are like Jill in the story- we are dying of thirst. We try to satisfy our thirst with the waters of the world, but in the end, only Jesus satisfies.

Like the Lion, Jesus makes no promises that life will be safe, easy and comfortable. But when we do come and surrender to Him, we will never be the same again.
















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