“Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” — Matthew 4:4, NIV
God created our bodies with the unique ability to signal us when they need food in order to properly function. I know that if I don’t eat breakfast, I will become irritable and lethargic and lack the energy I need to get through a busy morning.
Once I attended a women’s dinner meeting at church and shared my Healthy Horse diet philosophy with the lady sitting next to me: I am as healthy as a horse because I eat like one! I eat heartily and try to make sure that I make some healthy dietary choices every day. When I can, I eat whatever it is I am craving, because normally that is the only way my appetite is truly satisfied. However, I find that eating what I want often creates a desire for more. It is the second helping that gets me into trouble.
While I try not to indulge in too many second helpings at mealtime, there is one food I can’t get enough of – the Word of God. God’s Word tells us, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). How can we know what righteousness is if we don’t read about it in God’s Word? How can we desire a more intimate relationship with Jesus if we don’t come to know him through the pages of Scripture? How can we have peace and the assurance of God’s provision, healing, faithfulness, love, and mercy if we don’t open and read our bibles daily?
I cherish my time in God’s Word each morning. To start my day without it is to invite trouble into my life. I know I need the Sword of the Spirit to combat the enemy, to encourage me as I walk this journey every day, and to face my challenges with the knowledge that I am not alone. Without God’s Word, I am a sitting duck for Satan, and he knows it. So are we all.
What are you feasting on today? It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and physically speaking that is true. But we are more than just physical bodies. We were created with a soul which needs the daily nourishment of God’s Word to truly sustain us. And don’t worry – it is the one food you can’t eat too much of, so have a second helping!
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