“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.” (Matt. 4:4)
“But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” (John 4:32)
To those of you who do not read the Scriptures everyday for at least for a few minutes, I ask you, did you feed your body today? It is a well proven fact, verifiable by every prodigal son, that if you only feed the flesh, the flesh will be your master. Its desires and wants will be your guiding force, your lusts will grow fat, your pride will become obese, your desires will not be on those things above any longer.
Manna, the bread from heaven. “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
“And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread.” (Matt. 16:7)
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19)
Jesus preached God, He fed the people everywhere He went, but what did the people want? To be healed, to have their flesh renewed, not so they could serve the Lord better, but so that they could continue to feed the flesh with the things of this world, so their desires could be met more easily. Many churches today, perhaps most, offer only a lite snack on Sunday morning anymore, and though not always, but many times that food revolves around the flesh, not the Spirit. Prayers for healing and physical strength, not strength to stand in these evil days, sermons on the emotional turmoil that many seem to be experiencing, not “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13) And most definitely not on Philippians 1:21, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
The desires of the flesh, the supposed needs of an askew emotional state, of the cares of the world, not the Holy Spirit’s guidance through the fire, not the Lord taking our hand as we walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
The darker this world gets, the easier it should be to see the light of Christ that shines in you.
Those of the world are running around doing all they can to continue that existence they call life, the day-to-day search for happiness, the bread of personal satisfaction. “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34) Do you?
Of course you must eat, and you should find joy and comfort in the knowledge that He who brings forth bread from the earth has been merciful to you by placing some of it on your plate, but do you feast daily on the bread of life, do you open His book and ask Him to lead you on the path of life, to give you that living water, to feed you with the food that will fill your soul? How many times have you read the same verse and felt satisfied every time, how many times have you read that same account in the Scriptures and felt your soul full?
There is a famine in the land, not of the bread of the flesh, but of the bread of the soul.
If you have been studying to show yourself approved, if you have been hiding His word in your heart, then you have a full course meal to offer to everyone that you meet. Will you feed the poor only with nourishment for the day, will you offer a drink to those who are thirsty that satisfies only for a moment, or for all eternity?
You can offer everyone you meet the bread of life, you know Him personally, and you know He is all that satisfies completely.