Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God—Matthew 4:4
Although it seems strange to me that it is needed, I’ve noticed that many of my articles have to do with encouraging folks to read and study the Bible. Since it is only natural that a hungry man wants to eat and a tired man wants to rest, it seems to me that a Christian would never need to be urged to read God’s Word. But we all know that’s not the case. Some people neglect even the most important things in life. So,here’s another word of encouragement– this one from the daily devotional “A Good Thing”:
We have to eat to live. Yet, Jesus reminds us (and Satan), food is not all that is needed. You could have all the food in the world and yet remain empty and lifeless.
The one thing that truly energizes and fills and sustains is the Word of God. With God’s Word as your constant companion and sustenance, you can be content even when other food is withheld, just like Jesus was after fasting for 40 days.
But notice that we are to live by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth, not just our pet passages or favorite verses. There is not a word in God’s Word that we do not need, that we cannot profit from. God’s Word is a well-rounded meal and we are not meant to leave any part of it out.
Do you agree with Jesus? Do you see that consuming everything this world has to offer would still leave you empty, and yet each word of God is able to build you up and strengthen you for life’s journey?
If you agree with Jesus, do you live like Jesus? Do you forgo Satan’s temptation to find fulfillment in earth-bound pleasures, in order to enjoy the far greater pleasure of communion with God? Are you living on bread alone, or by every word of God’s Word?