Just as the Samaritan woman at the well did not know that God had provided a better type of "water" to comfort her weary heart and heal her tragic life (John 4:13-15), the disciples of Jesus also did not know that God had provided a better type of "food" to strengthen them in the Lord’s work.
John 4: 31 – 32. His disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”
The disciples were puzzled that Jesus was not ready to eat the fine food they bought in the Samaritan town, because they did not know that Jesus already enjoyed more satisfying and nourishing food from the city of God!
Jesus was enabled and strengthened by every Word that comes from God in his calling to reveal the glory of God and his Son!
Unless we enjoy this nourishment that the Lord gives, we remain hungry, unfulfilled and weak. We may, in spite of the finest food and comforts we enjoy, still feel that our lives are meaningless and without joy. In spite of a balanced diet we may feel weak and tired, when we lack the true Word of God as the Lord’s purpose with his Word, is established in our lives.
Our Lord teaches us that God has provided other types of “food” for us, saying: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ (Deut. 8:3 and Matthew 4:4.)
God provides many wonderful foods to enjoy and strengthen our physical bodies.
But more importantly he also provides his Father’s “food” to equip and strengthen us for our calling in his work for the glorious coming of his Kingdom!
John 4: 34. “My food,” Jesus (also) said, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Jesus provides a life where the life changing living waters that he gives, defines us and his Holy Word enables and strengthens us.
After all, Jesus is the eternal word.