Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
There was something tangible for Jesus in this encounter with the Samaritan woman in John 4. Verse 6 tells us that He was tired from the journey from Judea (on the way to Galilee), enough so that He sat down. The disciples went on into Sychar to get food – so Jesus was hungry. And He was thirsty. He asked this Samaritan woman for a drink. Tired, thirsty and hungry… yet none of these legitimate physical needs were met by verses 31-34. The encounter invigorated Jesus. It strengthened Him. Maybe it was His confession of being the Messiah that fed Him the most. The implications of His being the Savior for this one woman and how He would forever change her existence – it fed Him! It was the work of His Father, the One who sent Him. Jesus finishing that work was nourishment for even His physical body.
I think I’ve had tasted of that kind of nourishment. When I am in the midst of doing God’s bidding, sensing His Presence and being a tool in His hand that is bringing life change to people that He loves – I feel God’s pleasure and that feeds my soul. It really is amazing… but it happens too infrequently.
Father – I want to do Your work, whatever You have for me to do. Please give me wisdom to know what You would have me do , steering clear of things that are less important, so that I can be used by You and feel Your pleasure.