In Genesis 17:1, God says, I am the All-Sufficient God, El Shaddai, which comes from the Hebrew word breast or udder. Although God is a guy, a Father even, in a spiritual sense, He has an udder. We can see this throughout the Bible, particularly in the book of John.
Before I look at John, I want to look at cows. In a dairy farm, cows are milked throughout the day. The more they are milked, the more milk they produce. If they stop getting milked, they start hurting. You can read more about that on Wikipedia’s Answers.com
So what do cows have to do with God? Other than what Hindus believe, God is very much like a cow. He is the source of life and nourishment and needs to get milked. I think that might have something to do with why He created us. This is also why God came to earth as a man, Jesus. He came that we might have this Divine “Zoe” life, and have it abundantly – John 10:10. Unfortunately, we are not always ready to receive. This hurts Him.
How do we receive God’s life? Just by believing. We see this in the first chapter of John.
John 1:12 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name.
Also in John is the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept”. Why did Jesus weep? He was in pain. In chapter 11, Lazarus died and Jesus waited four days to go to raise him. In verse 15 He rejoiced that He wasn’t there so that they would believe. He waited for Lazarus to be stinking dead so that there would be no doubt He is God.
When Jesus finally gets to the tomb, everyone is crying, even after He gets there. Mary is crying, saying Lord you should have been here. He wouldn’t have died. Basically she was saying that it’s too late for Lazarus, Jesus can’t help him now. That must have really hurt Jesus, Mr. Resurrection Himself. The Jews even questioned Him saying that He can heal blind men, why can’t He heal dead men? Jesus groaned in His Spirit and was troubled. His spirit was basically saying, MOOOO!
We see a positive example in John 4 with the Samaritan woman. Verse 4 says He had to pass through Samaria. The King James version says He must needs go through Samaria. Jesus was full of the riches of God and NEEDED to flow out, he MUST NEEDED to make a pit stop so to speak. He meets the woman at the well as she is drawing water and asks her for a drink. They have a conversation and within a few sentences He tells her that He is the Messiah. She believed and received. He was relieved. Jesus never got the drink from the well He had originally asked for and neither did she. She dropped her bucket and ran into the city, telling everyone about Jesus. Even later on, the disciples ask Jesus if he needs some food but He’s not thinking about food. He’s thinking about all these hungry people in the city He’s about to feed, spiritually.
You can apply this in your everyday life. As you are walking to the bus stop you begin to pray. You sit down on the bench and begin to read your Bible. You know someone is sitting there and there is a feeling within to say something, at least say hi. As you get onto the bus, you even end up sitting next to that person. You come up with all kinds of excuses; they have their headphones on or are reading a newspaper, or sleeping. That feeling begins to move and stir within, it almost feels like sour milk. Finally they ask you what class you are headed to but you are headed to a Bible study. The feeling within gets even stronger. You can’t hold it back any longer so you tell the truth. You are going to a Bible study. They are interested and ask you about it. You didn’t really pay attention that much in the Bible studies but all kinds of truth start flowing out. They receive it, drinking every word coming out of your mouth and really want to come check it out. You feel so relieved and end up having the best day of your life.