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Not By Bread Alone
As I read this verse I think of many things, the main thing I think of is a woman whom I knew growing up. She never had any children but was a farmer’s wife and loved her cattle and garden. She wrote a book that was titled “Not by Bread Alone”, Agnes Kane. I always loved stopping over to see her, I would run over the hill and she would give me milk and cookies and talk to me about all the things that kept her busy, I would go to the barn with her and she would try to teach me everything about dairy cows. I read her book years ago but until recently I never realized that the main point in her book was about her love for what God had done for her in her life. This verse comes from 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.’” or Deuteronomy 8:3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD”
There is more to life than just food and water when it comes to God. God sent them to the desert and fed them manna, He was showing them that in a place where there is nothing He provided because God was all that they had. Through God’s word we are able to receive strength and guidance as well as the ability to grow and build ourselves up as he gives us the supplies we need to walk on the path of life. The word of God is essential in our lives in order for us to have eternal life with Him. God will supply all of our needs according to His riches and His glory by Jesus Christ. We are trained by saving grace as the Bible says: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works”
We are able to get closer to the Lord -look back on our past and see how He was there and worked through us in order for us to be on the right path for the plans that He has made ahead for us. He wants us to faithfully serve Him and allow Him to help us in our everyday lives. He is there for us regardless of any trial or tribulation that we may be going through, but we need to remember to give Him the glory for the grace that he so lovingly provides for us. God places balance in our lives, but God’s grace can only be found in those who find refuge in Jesus Christ and when that happens we can become children of God. Everything that has happened in our lives is enhanced by the teachings of God’s words. God hands us spiritual experiences in our lives to bring us closer to His knowledge. Some of our life experiences have to be look at from God’s perspective in order to understand why He takes us through certain things.
God has taken me through many experiences, some have been pretty rough by my own doing, some have been a test of faith that had been set in front of me, but we have to remember that he does this in love. Every difficult time we go through ends up being some type of blessing, whether we want to believe that or not, but He is there with His love to help us during any difficult time. “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us” Hebrews 6:17-18 God wants us to understand the way that we develop closeness and intimacy with Him. There relief of this- going back to Deuteronomy 8:3 is that He provided manna, which is bread from Heaven, when it was needed He supplied in abundance – He humbled you and let you be hungry – God does this as a parent does to their child, he carefully evaluated things and gave them at the right time so that our learning experiences were maximized.
God is trying to make you understand Him so he brings circumstances in your life, He is sovereign and works through things to build us up, what he is ultimately telling us is “That He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord” God supplies us abundantly in all things and He never ceases to supply us with all of our needs as we walk through our daily lives. What we need to do is open our eyes and receive these things from God because nothing he supplies will ever run empty. The question really is - Are you going to reach out and take hold of the grace God is offering you? Build your faith and He will help build your life.
Father God, I ask that you open our eyes to see your abundant offerings that will help us in our time here on Earth. I ask for a building of faith within everyone so that they may come closer to you. I ask that you fill us so full of your Holy Spirit that we will recieve more belssings than we ever imagined. Father help us to find the lost and bring them to you so that you can work within thier hearts to let them know your unconditional love you have for them. As we go out for the harvest and prepare to bring the lost to you Father, help us to stand firm in our faith, please open the door for us to speak the words given from you so that they may hear you through our voices. All of the glory goes to you Father because without finding Christ we would be unable to help bring back the land which is rightfully yours for the Kingdom of Heaven. In Jesus' almighty name we boldly ask and pray with love for you- Amen