Our culture trains us in striving and suffering, competition and comparison. If we work in the pursuit of what the world tells us, we end up uncertain, exhausted, unfulfilled…empty.
Food that goes bad represents things that do not nourish, things that do not satisfy, things that do not last. We have all experienced how it feels to yearn and earn. The unsettling emotion of “I’ll be happy when______,” only to realize that each time we fill in the blank, we feel oddly blank. There is no way to get there from here—to bridge the great chasm of desire and fulfillment—without recognizing that our only deep longing is for God himself. The only way to fill the cavern of human need is with Divine Love.
This verse reminds us that our efforts are wasted if not aligned with what is eternal. We are designed and destined to transcend. We were created to crave what is everlasting. All other nourishment spoils.
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