Have you ever missed a meal in a day? How does it feel when you missed a certain meal? You may feel weak, no energy and may not be able to stand that churning inside your stomach. Imagine yourself eating only one meal in a week, you may say I won’t be able to live for a week if I took only one meal in seven days. In terms of spiritual food and nourishment, this is how majority of us do. We starve ourselves with spiritual food and it goes on for a long time and we may not realize it. But let us see what the scripture tells us about spiritual food.
Let us look at Matthew chapter 4 verses 1 to 4, in this passage it says:
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,” ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus was quoting the Deuteronomy 3:8 here, “…that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.”
What do we have that will last for eternity? The only thing that will last for eternity is man’s soul, our physical bodies will not. It is only wise that we nurture our soul by feasting on God’s word which is the food of the soul. John 6:35 says, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger”,…We take good care of our physical bodies by eating food at regular intervals, not skipping a meal. Therefore, it is foolish that we starve our soul which is eternal and our physical body which is perishable is being well-pampered.
The only thing that will last for eternity is man’s soul, our physical bodies will not.
We feed our soul only once a week, only on Sunday during church worship service and thinking it will keep us going for the whole week until next Sunday – we have fasted the whole week. We think that hearing God’s word is confined only on Sundays and the rest of the week we are not to be concerned of it. We are making our soul malnourished, our soul weak.
A man may adequately eat full meals in a day but can still feel empty or hungry within him, still longing for something. But if filled by the bread of life, which is God’s word he feels full and satisfied.
Do not starve your soul, only the living word of God in the Bible can make you full.
Father, help me to feast upon your word everyday, make me hungry and yearning for it, fill my soul with eternal food that comes only from you. Your word is life. Amen
In HIS presence… there is fullness.