Matthew 4:4, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
In this passage, Satan had been tempting Jesus in the desert for 40 days. The first temptation was a physical one. Satan tried to get Jesus to turn stones into bread. He wanted Jesus to give into his physical urges and immediate physical needs. Here, Jesus quoted the scripture back to Satan. Jesus recognized that this temptation was about more than just bread. And as much as he might have wanted to give in and eat that physical food right there in the moment, it would have only be a temporary fix. Jesus knew that true long lasting life is sustained in living off of every word that comes from the mouth of God.
We were made for more than just physical food. We need spiritual food even more than we need physical food. We can’t truly live on just what we physically eat. To fully live we must feed on the truth of God’s Word.
Just like we eat several meals a day, we also need to feed on the truth several times a day. Constantly taking it in. Filling our minds with it. A meal will only sustain our bodies for so long. Then our bellies start to growl and we need to eat again.
I think God designed our spiritual bodies the same way. Sure, that passage of scripture was good that we memorized when we were 12, but in order to grow and develop spiritually, we have to continually feed on the riches of God’s Word. That’s why we ask Him to give us our “daily” bread–not our monthly bread, yearly bread, or our Christmas and Easter bread.
One practical way that I try to fill up with truth throughout the day is by listening to sermons on podcasts. I don’t know about you, but my mind can be crazy town. It is pitiful how quickly I allow my mind to take me down destructive roads. Left to my own thoughts, I get prideful and self absorbed. I get easily agitated and critical of others. I buy into lies and half truths. So as often as I can, I have podcasts playing in the background. I have found that the best way to combat lies is with truth!
We are what we eat. We are all eating something. The question is–what? Are we going to eat food that’s good and healthy for our bodies or junk food? The same can be applied to our spiritual bodies. What are we filling up God’s temple with? Will we fill up with the junk of this world or with the truth from God’s Word? Do we want the temporary fix or the long lasting eternal fix?
Today let’s commit to constantly fill our minds and hearts with truth and not junk food.