“In those days there was again a large crowd, and they had nothing to eat. He summoned the disciples and said to them, “I have compassion on the crowd, because they’ve already stayed with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, and some of them have come a long distance.”
Imagine how hungry they are. They haven’t eaten anything for three days. Their hunger is for the word of Christ. They have followed Jesus to a remote place to be nourished and sustained by His word.
And Lord Jesus must be just as hungry; however, His concern is for others – even for the instruction of His Disciples. His spiritual wisdom and desire fully overshadow His physical hunger and fatigue. At the height of physical fatigue and hunger He is seeking the welfare of others and specifically focused on training those who are following Him most closely. We must never, ever forget this.
Physical concerns are ever present. Physical needs distract us. Wants become ‘needs’ and truly all we need is Christ. Certainly we know the goodness and blessing of God through the physical things He has provided. We even get a glimpse of the true pleasures He promises in the eternal future through the goodness of the desires He gives us and the wonderful things we experience here and now. However, and isn’t the word ‘however’ always a calling point, these desires can easily compete against the calling of Christ in our lives. These physical ‘needs’ can easily impact our focus on Lord Jesus. Jesus was able to rise above His own physical needs and keep as primary the needs of others. This exemplified His spiritual focus in all things. This must be our goal. This must be our aim. We cannot allow the physical needs of this existence to distract us from meeting the needs of others. We cannot allow our desires here to take our focus off of our desire for Father God and what He desires. Father truly does know best. We must submit our selfish will to His.
Our spiritual calling must always take precedence over our physical desires and pleasures.