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 of us are. God certainly can. And as children of God we’re aware of the importance to address the demands and longings of our 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, 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, 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 (Matthew 4:4):
“People do not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
On that note, when we pray the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us this day our daily bread” this request combines the physical with the spiritual bread, since we are in dire need of both. So let’s keep praying for God’s wonderful Bread of Life!
“Our Heavenly Father, may your name be honored; May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day the bread we need, forgive us what we owe to you, as we have also forgiven those who owe anything to us. Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil.” Matthew 6:9-13