Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. :4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
As Jesus answered, He simultaneously declared His existence. Meeting Jesus means meeting the very living expression of God’s word. John tells us “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” It is not the bread of this world that meets our need, but the living bread of life, Jesus that will give us strength in the deserts of life.
Words are important to growth. So many times how we present a word or phrase to someone else means everything in the world for the next step in our relationship. A friend struggled with a key relationship. There was just an accusatory bend to every conversation with a new friend. After looking for solutions and probing for what was wrong, we were surprised. It seems in the first meeting with the other person, this friend acted before he spoke. The speaking was important to the other person. They had harbored an offense from the first action wanting words to come first. Getting through that misunderstanding was tough and touchy, but they are doing better. It has taken words to find the problem and begin healing it. Words count. The word of Jesus in us can heal.
ACT! Are you dry and hungry in an area? Spend time talking to Jesus about it today. He is the bread, the word of God that brings strength.
PRAY! Father, bring the bread of life, Jesus, into my dryness, into my hunger. Apply the word of life, Jesus, to my need that I might stay strong in Your strength, not my own.