Deuteronomy 8:3- And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
common mistake of man is that once the physical needs are met, we are
in a good place. When we are not struggling for every meal and can
pay the bills, plus a little extra for ourselves, we have nothing to
worry about. That is not to say people in this situation are not
well off but it does not mean they are satisfied. In fact, if this
is all you are looking for you will never be satisfied. For one, you
will be hungry again at some point. Our bodies absorb the energy
food provides and depletes it, giving us a need for more. Also, this
same food which provides nourishment can at the same time do harm to
the body. I would also like to challenge you to think of one person
who, though he ate often, did not eventually die anyway. You cannot
do it. Then, there is the fleeting, dare we say fickle, nature of
money. Though we may have thousands of dollars in our bank accounts
there is no guarantee it will stay there for long. We may need to
use it all for an emergency that arises or another may come and steal
it. Either way, it is not something that lasts and has no loyalty.
what will give us lasting satisfaction? The answer is simple really.
As Moses said in Deuteronomy 8:3, “man does not live by bread
alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the
Lord” (ESV). God is the true nourishment we need and provides for
every need. We must remember though that this food is of a spiritual
nature. It is something that, if we partake, leads us to everlasting
life. In John 6:50-51, Jesus makes the statement that whoever eats
of the bread of heaven will not die, following up with the
declaration that He is that bread. Jesus is the one who provides for
our spiritual nourishment.
living bread and water, unlike their physical equivalents, can always
be found by those seeking it. In Matthew 5:6, Jesus says that those
who hunger for righteousness will be filled (some versions say
satisfied). Our Lord does not hide it from those who need and desire
it. Even when we do not want it, Jesus implores that we take it and
gives us every opportunity to do so.
life, we must remember that only through God can we have true
nourishment, only through Him can we be satisfied. This is not to
say that we do not need food, water and money while here but there
comes a time when they will do us no good. The spiritual food that
Jesus offers strengthens us for eternity and only when we stop
partaking will that cease. I implore every Christian to indulge
their spiritual bodies with the food Jesus provides and cherish it
more than anything else. Even to those who do not partake, I pray
you will see your need for it and take the generous gift Jesus gives.