Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” (Matthew 4:4 MSG)
We’ve all tried to live only on food and found it didn’t completely satisfy a need existing deep within our hearts. Even when we tried exotic, spicy and even raw delicacies, something was still missing. We even went so far as to follow our flesh into all types of sensual delicacies: sex, drugs, alcohol, etc. But nothing satisfied the hunger that haunted our souls. Probably because God intentionally created us with this unseen, unnamed longing. Perhaps He wanted us to realize that there was a supernatural cure for the love and acceptance we searched for. He wanted us to experience the hopelessness of being lost so that we could celebrate the joy of being found!
Now, instead of feeding only on physical food, we find a deeper satisfaction from a steady stream of words that come from God’s mouth! Physical food can only carry us so far and there is always that chance that it will run out. But feasting on God’s Words has an eternal guarantee and strengthens us Spiritually, instead of physically. Worldly thinking and manmade philosophies go out the window when Truth comes on the scene. Our minds are renewed and we begin to think and act like Jesus, something physical food would never accomplish.
I like this translation of this verse. It makes me think about how birds feed their young. Helpless and hungry, baby birds rely totally on everything that comes from the mouth of their parents. Then, strengthened by a diet fit for their species, they fledge and soar to continue the cycle. We too must fledge and soar to continue the cycle of supernatural rebirth. 2 Timothy 4:2 says “to preach the Word of God urgently at all times, whenever you get the chance, in season and out, when it is convenient and when it is not. Correct and rebuke your people when they need it, encourage them to do right, and all the time be feeding them patiently with God’s Word”.
So, whether it’s fried, boiled, steamed, broiled or baked, God’s Word strengthens us, empowers us and is approved for human consumption! Holy Spirit please bring me a piping hot bowl of sweet revelation!
Read: Ephesians 6:16-17
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Freedom from Our Self on December 29th, 2018 - Watch Sermon