22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone. 23 Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus.
These few verses follow on from two significant & very different miracles – Jesus feeding 5,000 & Jesus walking on water. One miracle very public before crowds & the other intimate before his disciples. These verses relate to the crowds response & their search for Jesus.
Jesus goes on to speak to their heart motive for their search but they did search for Jesus, this has caught me & challenged me. How much am I hungrily searching for Jesus? When I was a new believer I certainly was hungry in my search to learn, grow & change but now that my relationship, life experiences are established, do I still go searching & how far am I prepared to go, am I still spiritually hungry? Do I come to church in search of Jesus to continue to learn, grow & change or is it now just a comfortable place to go, a social gathering with no hunger for the things of God?
Lord Jesus, I pray that you’ll continue to challenge me to seek & search after you & that my heart would be open to grow & to go wherever you lead, that I would always remain spiritually hungry for you. Amen
Written by Suzie Hodgson