Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Not By Bread Alone

1"The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the LORD swore to give to your fathers. 2And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD."
Deuteronomy 8:1-3, English Standard Version

Not By Bread Alone

What an incredible truth is presented in today's Bible passage from Deuteronomy 8.

Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

How did the Israelites survive those 40 years of wandering in the desert? We are told in the verses above that it was a test! For 40 years God tested them. Would they be true to His Word or not?

He let them go hungry so that they would know it was He who gave them sustenance when He sent manna and quail for them to eat. He let them go thirsty, to show that He could produce water from a rock! No enemy overtook them; and the very soles of their shoes never wore out!

Why is it that, thousands of years later, we are still learning the same lessons, and often failing as badly as did the Israelites? What is life? What is our purpose? Are we truly just creatures of chance and circumstances? Do we have the ultimate control over all of our decisions?

Just as was true of the Israelites, we, too, do not live by bread alone! True life only comes through the Word of God given to us in the Bible. This was the same concept that Jesus explained to the Samaritan woman at the well, using water.

Bread and water! Certainly they are both necessary for survival, but what does survival mean without the Lord. It only means eternal death! Only through the Word of God, and the salvation purchased for us by the blood of Christ can we truly live.

So, when you take time during your day to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, think about this phrase, not by bread alone! Then thank God for His Word and His gift of salvation.

Oh what a Savior!

God Bless You,

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