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)
After the New Testament was translated into the local African language, a national literacy program was instituted to teach the people how to read the Word of God. People of advanced years didn’t recognize the necessity of learning to read. Nevertheless many senior citizens valued God’s Word and used their meager resources to purchase the Holy Bible in their native language. Instead of trying to understand what was written in it they placed the books under their heads each night.
Weeks later they testified the Word of God gave them peaceful sleep at night and protected them from evil spirits. Although they never read any of the words, they had still received comfort from them. In their own way they survived on God’s Word by putting the Bible under their heads each night when they slept and trusting it to provide protection. They were reassured of the Lord God’s Sovereignty.
Man does not live on bread alone but on the Word of God. We eat food every day to strengthen our bodies and keep us healthy. We ingest spiritual food, His Holy Word, for the growth and development of our spirits and souls.
This New Year is still beginning, and it’s not too late for resolutions, one of which may be to read a portion of God’s Word every day. “Thy word have I kept in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11)
I haven’t put God’s Word under my head each night to have a restful sleep. Instead it’s been quite effective as I have kept it in my heart. From it I receive the strength and wisdom to face each day.
Let’s feast daily on the Word of God allowing it to fill and satisfy our spirits and souls.
Be blessed through Christ our Lord,
Until next Saturday,