“Stop grumbling among yourselves,” Jesus answered. “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:43–51)
A day or two after feeding the five thousand, the crowds were becoming restless. They wondered if Jesus was the Messiah, and perhaps they wondered if they might get some more free food. So Jesus told them that he was the bread of life that came down from heaven and to stop grumbling.
Human beings become dissatisfied quickly. When the Israelites thought they were going to go hungry, God sent them manna in the wilderness. The Israelites of Jesus’ day thought the Messiah would give them bread just like Moses had. But just as the Israelites became complacent and started grumbling about the manna, so the crowds became dissatisfied with Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fishes. They took what Jesus had done for them for granted and began wondering what he might do for them next.
As we grow up, we may pray to get into college, then we may pray for a girl friend or boy friend. Soon we pray to be married, have children, and get a house. At each stage along the way, we are in awe of God’s answer to those prayers, but as the years past, what had been awesome becomes ordinary. We are what Madison Avenue knows we are: always looking for the next new thing, always hoping for novelty. We would do well to remember God’s wonderful work in our lives, the marvelous blessings we see each day. God has already done enough for us, after all, and yet he continues on, whether we notice half of it or not.