Our soul, similar to our physical body, is in need of healing after a traumatic event. Our Western culture has a tendency to overlook such things – probably because souls do not show up with physical evidence.
Imagine we could see each other’s soul-bodies and recognize how malnourished or wounded some of us are. The Lord certainly can. Connected with God, His children will become sensitized to the demands and longings of their soul.
There are countless references to the human soul in the Bible; one of the most prominent is to love the Lord with all your heart, mind 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 while the soul craves spiritual food; God has plenty of spiritual food in store for the longing soul. In Peter’s first letter we read (1 Peter 2:2):
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”
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 (Matthew 4:4):
“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
On that note, when we pray the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us today our daily bread”, we request the physical and the spiritual bread, since we are in dire need of both.
Let us follow the urges of our soul and pursue God’s wonderful Bread of Life.