“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
It’s hard to believe after a day like Thanksgiving that there are people in this world who are hungry – starving. So much food at one time, so much to be grateful for, so much wasted. Can those who have never gone without truly understand what it’s like to be without? And yet, those with less can often have so much more.
Have you noticed how many fillers and preservatives are in food today? Even the vegetables and fruits come in organic and what, not natural? It’s not just the foods that are canned and boxed, the ones we expect to last forever (I think Twinkies are the only things that really last forever!), it’s the food that comes from the earth, the life God created, that we think we need to manipulate to make better. Hormones, radiation, and pesticides fill our grocery stores. We are told they are safe, and I’m not arguing that, but at times I wonder what all we’ve bought into for the sake of convenience.
While the world offers us many things that are good for us, food for instance, God’s Word fills us and satisfies something inside of us the world never can. God’s Word has no filler, no preservatives, and no extras needed to make it taste better. It is perfect just the way it is. When we read God’s Word, it seeps into our hearts and souls and strengthens us. It provides every nutrient we need in building up the body of believers. In Hebrews, the author writes:
“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14
Milk for infants is being compared to the elementary truths of God’s Word, the basics. Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins; all who trust and believe will be saved. There are some aspects of God’s Word that are easy for us to process and we joyfully quote, memorize, and post on our mirrors. Sometimes, this is as far as it goes…it’s convenient.
But solid food, the meat and potatoes…and vegetables, of God’s Word goes deeper. As we read the Bible, we grow in our faith, we become more mature. We are better able to understand and handle the deeper issues God addresses concerning the lives of His people and the world. We are better able to discern how we should live and conduct ourselves. We grow in the ability to distinguish the truth of God’s Word from what the world would have us believe as truth.
At some point, we become teachers of the Word, whether it’s through our words, actions or deeds and whether we realize it or not. We need to be sure that what we teach lines up with what His Word says.
Something to Consider…
Do you settle for easy and convenient when it comes to God and His Word? Is there an issue or area of your life God is asking you to go deeper? Maybe God is asking you to help meet the physical needs of others. Seek God’s truth, be open to what He has to say and understand if there is a next step you need to take.
God’s Word and love for us satisfy in a way food and the conveniences of this world never will.