Thursday, September 09, 2010

Knowing God - Matthew 4:4

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People do not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes
from the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4
 
I will often succumb to the temptation of a mid-afternoon candy bar.
 
Jesus fasted for forty days, and yet he still wouldn't succumb to the devilish temptation of earthly foods.
 
He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3. Moses was preparing God's people to enter the promised land -- and while doing so, to live faithfully. The verse begins with these words, "[the Lord] humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna."
 
I would summarize that as, "he brought you to a place of need ... then he met your need."
 
What we know from the midst of the Exodus story is one more piece: He brought them to a place of need, THEY CRIED FOR HELP, then God met their need."
 
Do you believe that God will bring us to a place of need? I do! Because when we're dependent on him, our relationship with him grows. And that -- rather than a mid-afternoon candy bar -- is really the purpose of live.
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy who needs to live
by more bread and less candy

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