Day #4: Are You Hungry?

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry. The tempter came to Him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." Jesus answered, "It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."  Matthew 4:1-4, NIV

 

It's just the fourth day of reading only one chapter a day in the New Testament, and already we have come to something that has the potential to be life changing. We see from the passage above that Jesus has not had anything to eat for forty days. So when Satan tempted Him to turn the stones into bread, we can readily see that it would have been appealing to Christ to eat - but He didn't act on that temptation - why not?

 

I believe the answer is something that can change our lives, if we will let it. Jesus did not turn the stones into bread because He had a hunger that went beyond the physical. His desire was first and foremost to serve God. Apparently He had committed this fast to God, and He was not about to break it at the behest of the devil. So, while Jesus was clearly hungry for food (He hadn't eaten in 40 days) He had a greater "hunger" to be obedient to His Father. This is made clear when he said that man does not live on bread alone, but "on every word that comes from the mouth of God."

 

The reason that we read God's Word is that only it can fill us with that which feeds the soul. And, while we can all afford to go hungry for food from time to time, we must not go without partaking of God's Word on a regular basis if our aim is to keep our souls from starving to death. As Jesus pointed out, man lives on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. This is truly a "diet" that we can live with!

 

Today's Scripture is the 4th chapter of Matthew. I pray that you will find something in the reading that you can carry with you throughout the day, in order to become a better servant of the Lord.