Have you ever gone without food for a period of time (other than fasting)? Maybe you were busy all day and had little time to eat. You kept yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water, but you didn’t eat. What began to happen to your body over that time? You became empty, weak, and irritated (i.e. “hangry”), even though you were well hydrated.
Have you ever gone without drinking water for a while? Maybe you ate a big meal or snacked throughout the day, but didn’t drink much. What happened? The longer you went without water/hydration, you became thirstier and more dehydrated – even though your stomach was full. Clearly, we were created by God to sustain life by both eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water. They go hand in hand, and you cannot survive long with one and without the other.
It is my contention that we who are in the Church have been trying to live off of just bread or just water for too long. The Bible likens the Word of God to food/bread and sustenance (Psalm 119:50; Matthew 4:4), and the Holy Spirit to refreshing, flowing, life giving water (Isaiah 44:3; John 7:37-39). And yet, so often do we seek after one at the expense of the other. Because of this, the church is weak – and it is dying of either dehydration or hunger (or both!).