The soul, similar to our physical bodies, gets hungry and thirsty; it can also get hurt and needs healing. Our Western culture has a tendency to overlook such needs – probably because souls do not show up with physical evidence.
Imagine we could see each other’s soul-bodies and could recognize how malnourished or wounded some souls are. God certainly can. And children of God are equally aware of the importance to address the needs of their soul. There are countless references to the human soul in the Bible, not the least of which is to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 6:5).
In the book of Psalms our soul is encouraged to cry out to the Lord, to praise the Lord, to sing to the Lord. As the body gets hungry, so does the soul. The body craves physical food; the soul, however, craves spiritual food. God has plenty of spiritual food in store for the craving soul. In Peter’s first letter we read (1 Peter 2:2):
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
It is the Lord’s kindness the soul is after. No amount of fame or fortune can satisfy the extravagant cravings of the soul, not even the love we experience from other people. That is why Jesus says about Himself (John 6:35):
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”