For me, food is more than a necessity—it’s an enjoyable part of life! When I’m hungry, all food becomes delicious to me! I imagine that the disciples were hungry for lunch when they returned to the well where Jesus was talking with the Samaritan woman. They urged Him, “Rabbi, eat” (John 4:31). His response? “I have food to eat of which you do not know” (v.32), which made them wonder if someone had already brought Him something to eat (v.33).

I wonder if the disciples were so distracted with thinking about food that they couldn’t see past their picnic. They didn’t understand the significance of what was going on at the well. The most important thing to Jesus was “to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (v.34). He was focused on the spiritual needs of this woman who desperately needed what only He could give.

It’s easy to become preoccupied with needs of the moment. But Jesus invites us to get beyond our own interests—our own little ‘lunch’—to open our eyes to the people who are searching for answers to their deepest needs.

So, join Jesus at the well, and let Him use you to tell others about the spiritual food only He can give.

Telling others about Jesus is the food that will satisfy us the most.


Joe Stowell


Our Daily Bread