He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
I know I cannot survive without your word. Just as food sustains and strengthens my body, so your word sustains and strengthens my spirit. Is that what you really believe? Yes, it is. If you really believe that my word is as important to your spirit as food is to your body then you will pay very close attention to my word. You will meet with me daily in my word. You will feed on my word. You will allow my word to speak into your life. You will listen attentively to all that I am saying to you. You will be careful to put into practice all that I am teaching you. Yes, I will.
You have not always such had a high regard for my word. You have not always believed that my word is as important to your spirit as food is to your body. Why do you say that? You have never been in the habit of skipping meals. Would you be alive today if you ate only as frequently as you feasted on my word? That is a very interesting thought. No, I would not be alive today if I ate food only as frequently as I feasted on your word. Why is that? I’m not sure. I think that I did not make meeting with you in your word an absolute priority in my life. What was the result of that? Without making meeting with you in your word an absolute priority in my life I would let other things distract me. Like what? Anything and everything would distract me from meeting with you. Meeting with me in my word was just an item that got moved up or down on your “to do” list as time allowed. Yes, that’s right. I’m afraid that I let the urgent demands of my day prevent me from doing what was ultimately far more important. Which is? Meeting with you in your word on a daily basis. What has changed for you? Now, just as I would not want to go without food so also I do not want to go without feasting on your word. Just as I now set aside time to eat food so also I have set aside time to feast on your word. I am now letting your word feed, sustain and strengthen me everyday. I am living on your word. That is very good.
Lord, thank you for your word that feeds, and sustains me. Make me hungry for your word. I know that I can’t fully live the life you intend for me without your word. So, I will humbly come to feed on your word daily for all I need. Amen
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