Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:1-4 (NIV)
Now those are good words for you to consider. What words are good for me to consider? “Live on” are words that you would do well to think deeply about. How so? It is not apparent to you? The obvious importance of these two words does not jump out at you and capture your attention? No, not really, I must be a little dense at the moment. I will ask you a few questions to stimulate your thinking. That would be good. What is feeding your life? Where are you drawing your sustenance? Let me be clear, I am not talking about what feeds your body. I am not talking about what enters your stomach. I am talking about what feeds your heart and mind and life. I am talking about what nourishes your soul. Now does the importance of those two words, “live on” have more meaning and importance and significance to you? Can I ask you, “What are you living on?” Now I understand. Now I get it. Now I know what you want me to consider. That’s good.
I will tell you what will not feed me. I will tell you what will not sustain and strengthen me. I will tell you what will not revive and fresh and restore me. I will tell you what will not guard and guide me through life. I will tell you what I cannot possibly live on. I will tell you what will never feed my soul. What’s that? I can hardly wait to hear what you have to say. Anything the world offers me will do none of these things for me. I will never be able to live on wealth and power and prestige. I will never be able to live on the thoughts and opinions and values of this world. I will never be able to live on the applause or acclaim or recognition of the world. Thinking otherwise is hopelessly foolish. Where have you gained such knowledge? How have you become so wise? By making so many dumb mistakes, I have learned a thing or two. But make no mistake about it, I have learned nothing by myself. You have been my teacher. That is true.
So now, I will come back to those two words you want me to consider. I will “live on” your word. It is your word sustains and strengthens me. It is your word that revives and refreshes and restores me. It is your word that guards and guides me through life. It is your word that is feeding my soul. Daily, I will come to feed on your word. I will “live on” your word. That will be very good.
Lord, I do not live on bread alone. Your word feeds me so I will be sustained and strengthened. Your word clothes me with power so I can resist temptation and fight against evil. Your word shelters me when evil attacks me like a storm. I will rely on your word. Amen
Key Question… How are you feeding on God’s word so you can be sustained and strengthened?
Living It Out… Feed on God’s word so you will be sustained and strengthened in your fight against temptation and evil.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that feeding on God’s word will guard, guide, strengthen, and sustain you throughout your life.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are feeding on a regular daily diet of God’s word.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you be sustained and strengthened as your feed daily on God’s word.
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