The Book You Can Trust For Life
Matthew 4:4 "But He answered and said, "It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
Have you really heard what Jesus said? He reminds us; don't just do the physical regimens of getting "bread" or physical preparation for life. He says there is an entire spiritual regimen that must not be neglected. We need to renew our souls as well as our bodies; we need to plug in and recharge our spiritual batteries for living another day.
Have you ever had your cell phone or laptop run out of battery? Or, how about your digital camera, just when you wanted to use it? Doesn't that feel terrible? We know we should have plugged it in but we forgot. That is also how our spiritual batteries are. Many missed opportunities to serve the Lord come from not recharging our lives in the Word.
The best life possible to be lived on earth starts and continues through Christ's commanded daily connection with God's Word. Unless our lives are recharged, our minds are renewed, and our souls are fed—we will at some point during each day cease to work correctly, like a dead cell phone or powerless laptop.
The One who wants to call us, and use us is God. It is our Lord that is faced with an "out of power" or "unusable" signal from us. We need to seriously consider whether we are obeying Christ's command in Matthew 4:4, lest we miss all the benefits of His Word in our lives each day.
The Benefits of a
Word Filled Life
What are the benefits of getting recharged daily by God's Word? The benefits are so immense, and immeasurable it takes a lifetime to even describe them, but in Psalm 16:11 we get an overview of the life long benefits of living each day by "every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God" which are contained in your Bible. Let us look at this incredible verse.
"You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." (NKJV)
Did you notice David rejoicing in one of the greatest promises in the Bible? God promised to be David's personal Guide, all the way through life. No wonder David was the ‘man after God's own heart', he was following the Lord all his days, knowing His Presence and experiencing the indescribable joys that came when he submitted to God's authority.
Did you know that this is also an offer the Lord makes to us? He also wants to be our personal guide for life. That is what Jesus meant when He said in Matthew 4:4, that we need to start a daily regimen on His Word. We need to start finding time every day to listen to His Voice in His Word.
The life-long benefit offered to every believer in Psalm 16:11 should not be lightly passed by.
Jesus as Guide: "YOU will show me the path of life".
Jesus as Guard: "In YOUR Presence is fullness of joy".
Jesus as Giver: "at YOUR Right Hand are pleasures forevermore."
Ponder these three truths.