Text for Today – Matthew 4:4 – But He answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
These are days of many people becoming more and more health conscious, and much of it is a result of fear due to the past two years of Covid and all the intrigue caused by so much talk and strife. Now people are returning to their health clubs, and more and more people seem to be walking or jogging as a part of their health regimen. There is a tremendous importance placed on a youthful appearance. And while Covid may have impacted the industry, plastic surgery, face lifts, and body enhancement surgeries are still popular. And let us not forget dieting, especially of the fad sort, that has captured the attention of so many.
Sadly, many of these same things seem to be permeating the church today. More and more, programs are found to be the focus of ministry, and not people. It seems that almost anything goes in order for the church to be attractive to people. Performance cosmetics are, in many places, more important than Christian living. And one of the most important elements of that is, as in the natural world, diet.
Keep in mind that nothing from God’s Word will harm you; it’s all good and to be received with thanks-giving. Remember what your mother used to tell you when you were a child. You may not like those carrots, but they’re good for you, so eat them. Some portions of God’s Word may not be to your liking, but eat it anyway. It’s good for you, and you need it. In a nutrient poor natural diet, many health experts are recommending mega-doses of certain supplements to maintain health. By the same token, mega-doses of God’s Word would prove even more beneficial for that same task, not to mention the need for supernatural power in our lives in order to fulfill the Father’s will. To do natural work, you need natural nourishment. To do supernatural work, you will need supernatural nourishment, and that comes from the Word of God, the Bread of Life, and the Water of Life.
I encourage you to utilize the supernatural supplements available to you in the Spirit. That includes good books by Christian authors that will help you grow in certain areas, good reference materials (concordances, etc.), and even devotions such as this one you read daily. But please, understand the importance of the Word in your life, not dieting, but feasting. When you ask the Lord for your “daily bread,” don’t expect snack portions. Jesus fed multitudes and had leftovers by the basketsful. Your daily feast in God’s Word should also produce abundance of basketsful you can use to feed others you encounter. It’s feast time!
Manna for Today – Proverbs 4:20-23; Proverbs 6:20-22; Joshua 1:8; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Psalm 119; Psalm 23