So much of life is centered around meals. And who reading this right now doesn’t enjoy a great meal, shared with good friends? God has given us some wonderful things to eat in order to sustain life. But He has also given us something else that needs to be eagerly devoured and thoroughly digested: the Word of God.
When Jesus was just beginning His ministry, He fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. At the end of that time, Satan came to tempt our Lord:
“If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)
Was Jesus hungry? You bet He was hungry! Yes, He is fully God, but He was also fully man, just like you and me. He got thirsty, tired, and hungry. But notice how He responded to this temptation to satisfy His hunger apart from the will of His Father in heaven.
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
The food of the faithful is the Word of God. By the Word of God we were created and we are sustained “by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3). The Word of God not only sustains life, it strengthens us for the fiery darts that Satan throws our way.
When tempted by the devil to satisfy a normal need that we all have, but in a way God the Father had not commanded, Jesus used God’s Word as a weapon of warfare. Jesus defeated the devil with the Word of God … and we can too!
Without the Word of God, we are like a rudderless ship adrift out on the open ocean; we are at the mercy of the strongest wind that is blowing our way at the time. But armed with the food of the faithful, we are able to withstand gale-force winds that would otherwise drive us onto the rocks.
So here is my challenge for you today: the next time you are eating something, remember the most important food God has given you: His holy, inerrant, inspired, infallible Word. Make the Bible your “go-to-book” and go to it often. Rise with it in the morning and retire with it in the evening. Feast on every word in that Holy Book, knowing that God will sustain you through every storm wind that blows your way, strengthening you for the work He has set before you.
“Man shall not live on bread alone,” but on every word from Genesis to Revelation. As I have said here before, the Book you don’t read won’t help. God could have left it to the Holy Spirit to encourage, inspire, and motivate us to live a life that is pleasing to God. But He did not. He saw to it that His Word was written down so that we would read it. Feast on the food of the faithful, and you will find that the favor of the Almighty will follow you wherever you go!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!