He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Deuteronomy 8:3
Our dog Molly is a beagle. Beagles are well known for their incredible sense of smell and their love of food. One guide to the breed describes them as “inquisitive, determined, and focused on food.” As feeding time approaches she becomes increasingly vocal reminding us that it is almost time to give her food. When the time actually arrives she becomes so excited and enthusiastic running around as the food is put into her dog dish. There is an inbuilt longing within her for food and she is always looking for more.
Her attitude is one we could well do to adopt when it comes to getting fed by God’s Word. Are we excited and enthusiastic when we sit down to read, listen or study the Word of God? God’s Word is our spiritual food, which sustains us. Jesus quoting the Deuteronomy says, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4).
Feeding ourselves with God’s Word is essential to our relationship with him. When we starve ourselves of God’s Word then our relationship with him suffers. His word becomes the basis and vocabulary of our conversation with him in prayer. So it is important that we feed ourselves.
To have that same excitement and enthusiasm for being fed by God’s Word as Molly the dog has for getting her own food is perhaps a little bit over the top, but to have that sense of expectation that as we sit down to open God’s Word we are sitting down to meet with the author through the work of the Spirit, is certainly an attitude which we can seek to encourage. It is time to be fed…
Father, thank you for your Word, which truly is food for our souls. Instill in us a hunger for that Word and a thirst for you that brings us again and again into your presence. As we feast on your Word may it become the vocabulary of or praise and of our prayer. This we ask in Jesus name, Amen.