Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
(Matthew 4:4 (NIV))
We think that we know this passage. We hear it quoted so often, though, that I think we may miss the deeper meaning to these words.
We read them and understand them for the surface meaning where we need more than food to survive. We need the Word of God, and we need God.
I would venture to say that there is also an extended meaning to these words. A meaning that takes what we understand and takes it that one step further.
Is bread physical? Can you see it? Can you touch it? Can you taste it?
Is God physical?
He is exactly opposite. He cannot be seen. He cannot be touched. He cannot be experienced in any of the ways that our physical senses are used to experiencing things. God is spirit. We must encounter Him as He is. This does not mean that God cannot manifest Himself in physical ways, but it does mean that He is primarily in a realm of existence that we do not experience in our physical existence.
We must seek Him beyond the physical realm that we know. We must seek Him in His realm.
Man is like a breath;
his days are like a fleeting shadow.
(Psalm 144:4 (NIV))
In our physical existence, we are here only for a short time. Even in our short, physical existence, God loves us. He wants us to be with Him. He has overcome our physical existence by sending Jesus to the physical world.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
We can, and must, reach out to Him in the spiritual realm. We experience God by allowing ourselves to reach beyond the physical and take small glimpses of the spiritual.
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
(1 Corinthians 13:!2 (NIV))
When we live “on every word that comes from the mouth of God,” we begin to see the reflection clearer.
What do you live on?