When you come to Jesus, are you trying to fulfill a physical need, or are you seeking Him to fulfill a spiritual need? In John chapter 6, we see that Jesus fed 5000 people. They had a physical need met by Jesus on that day. Then we see starting in verse 22 that later some of these people wanted to find Jesus again. But Jesus was on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They went to great lengths to locate him. They took boats over to the other side of the sea and did eventually find Him. But these people, like many today, were only seeking out Jesus to provide their physical needs, to make their lives more comfortable and bearable. It says in verse 26, “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.'” Those people knew that Jesus could meet their needs. And when people today get in trouble, or have a great need, or suffer from an illness or pain, they diligently search for that same Jesus who can meet their physical need. Sometimes God uses this avenue initially to draw people to Him. But what they need most is found in verse 32 of that same chapter, “the true bread from Heaven.” In verse 35, we see what that “bread” is, “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.” So we see that sometimes God will create a situation where we realize we need something from Him, to draw us to Him, and through that situation, we gain spiritually.
There is a comfort that God gives those who are hurting that is so much greater than people who are not. He cares enough about you to get your attention and give you that comfort.