Day 4: You Can’t Live on Bread Alone

Read Matthew 4:4
Read Luke 4:4

What’s the first thought that enters your mind when pains of hunger start to hit?

“I need to eat.”

This response is automatic: when is you’re hungry, you understand that your stomach is empty and needs sustenance. The only way to escape this uncomfortable situation to consume something and fill this void inside you.

Temptation presents us with the exact same scenario. It reminds us that there is a part of us that needs to be filled. But what will you fill it with?

This was the question Jesus faced as He starved in the Judean dessert. Satan’s suggested solution – create bread to save yourself –would’ve filled Jesus in the moment, but it would’ve been destructive to His mission in the long run.

Jesus’ response reveals there is a better way to fulfill our desires when temptations arise:

“It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Let’s hone in on the word “alone.” God has granted humans the ability to exist on earth without trusting or even believing in Him. We can choose to go it without Him. As long as we eat and drink, we will survive.

But while material things allow you to exist, do they really help you live?

“…man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 8:3

You can eat to your heart’s content, but it won’t have any impact on your soul. Your stomach may be full, but your life will be empty and without purpose.

This doesn’t apply solely to food. You can try to fill your life with any worldly pleasure – money, relationships, job, status – but some part of you will still feel empty.

To actually live, you need to ingest something far more nourishing than fine cuisine. You must fill yourself up with God’s word: the Bible.

You dedicate time each day to eating and maintaining your physical status, so why not do the same for your spiritual health?! Set aside portions of each day to intentionally read God’s word and experience it. Don’t just wolf it down like a breakfast burrito on the way to work. Savor it and ingest every flavor; every word has been intentionally placed. Read and re-read passages. Consider the meaning behind each phrase. Research reputable commentaries to add context.

Tomorrow we’ll look into why filling up on scripture is so important in the battle against Satan.