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Matthew 4:4

Real Hunger

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.


What do you hunger for?

Jesus was hungry, but not for anything that He could produce by Himself. He could have turned those stones into bread, but that would not have satisfied His hunger. He could have followed the devil's advice, but He would have remained hungry. Flesh satisfied is not spirit satisfied.

Jesus hungered and thirsted after righteousness. Even after going forty days and nights without eating, His desire for the things of God was stronger than for food. Jesus' brother, James, wrote that, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." If the things that we have and consume are not from God, what possible benefit could they be to us?

Quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3, Jesus was able to resist the devil. He reminded him of the forty years that Israel had spent in the wilderness without any source of food or water, and how God had spoken and provided for all their needs. It was not the manna that sustained the people, but the word from God, which provided everything necessary for their journey.

Later, Jesus would say that "The Son can do nothing of Himself...." He could not and would not turn stones into bread, if He did not clearly see that it was the Father's will to do so. He was so unlike the typical man. He never acted on His own, never took matters into His own hands, and never disobeyed. His hunger was for more than a mere loaf of bread.

What do you hunger for?" Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matthew 5:6) "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)

What do you hunger for? "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35) "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious." (1 Peter2:2-3)

What do you hunger for? God's word can fill your life with food and drink, with excitement and joy, with contentment and peace, and with confidence and zeal. All these things are necessary for a full life, yet food only provides one of them. We can neither find nor make our own provisions in order to be satisfied. Only the words proceeding from the mouth of God can bring real contentment.

What do you hunger for? Your flesh tells you food, or drink, or sex, or entertainment or laughter. The Tempter says, "Go for it! You can do it." Meanwhile, your spirit stirs quietly in the background. You know what you really need is the Word of God, but that voice keeps saying, "Go for it! You can do it." Only you can make the choice,

Before The Throne:

What do you hunger for, today? Pray that God would cause you to hunger and thirst for His righteousness. Pray for the bread that is Jesus Christ. Meditate on the blood sacrifice that was made for you. Pray in spirit and in truth, earnestly seeking a sincere and real relationship with your Father.

For Further Study:

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** It is. Matt 4:7, 10; Luke 4:4, 8, 12; Rom 15:4; Eph 6:17; ** Man. Deut 8:3; Luke 4:4; ** but. Matt 14:16-21; Exod 16:8, 15, 35; Exod 23:15; 1Kgs 17:12-16; 2Kgs 4:42-44; 2Kgs 7:1-2; Hag 2:16-19; Mal 3:9-11; Mark 6:38-44; Mark 8:4-9; John 6:5-15, 31-59, 63;

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