Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Matthew 4: 4
Here we have Jesus responding to the devil when challenged to turn stones into bread (that Norman wrote about yesterday).
This one little verse in Matthew speaks volumes for me about two key things:
Firstly, when we come under attack, how reassuring it is to remember that ‘the Scripture says’ and to be comforted in knowing that there’s something in the bible that can help us, guide us and, yes, challenge us even at the most difficult times in life.
Secondly, a reminder that not only do we need food for our bodies nourishment but that our faith is nourished every time we read God’s word. That is why I have found the small discussion groups, now in the second week, a great opportunity during these times of lockdown to explore briefly with church friends the meaning behind the passages we are studying on Peace.
Prayer: Thank you Lord Jesus for the examples you have offered us in being strong in the face of adversity and as a reminder to remain faithful in our reading of God’s word. Help us this week to find time to delve into Scripture and to find new meaning even from the most familiar of passages.
Action: Think about the famous song: ‘Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God’ and as you go about your daily business or on your daily walk sing to yourself (or aloud if you’re brave!) the verse “I shall not live by bread alone, But by every word, That proceeds from the mouth of God, Hallelu, Hallelujah”! If you can’t remember how it goes, find it on YouTube and enjoy the sing along!