31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” (John 4:31-38 (ESV)
Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. This is what Jesus means when he says he has he has food that you do not know about. The one who sent him gave him this food. There is joy that Jesus has here. He is seeing his work come to fulfillment. It is a joy that stifles hunger. It’s fun to see the harvest come in. But the harvest means planting, and watering and patience. At times you are given to harvest what another has planted. The work seems so easy, and it is joyful. At other times you are planting a seed, and don’t take the four months literally. How long had the seed been planted among the Samaritans before the harvest came in this event? They had the prophets and Moses. It can take a long time. Perhaps even generations. But the time comes, and the wheat is ready. It brings joy, joy that stifles hunger.