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Not By Bread Alone

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” – Matthew 4:1-4

Most people I know feel like they don’t have enough hours in the day to do what they need to do let alone what they’d like to do. And yet, we all seemingly find time to waste in our already busy schedules. Think about it. How many hours each day do you spend on social media? Watching TV? Playing Video Games (young men)? Doing good things like reading, working out, or other hobbies? Where does reading Scripture, the Word of God, fit into your daily routine? Sadly, it seems that without a commitment to work our schedule around the Word rather than the Word around our schedule, there will always be something else to do.

But, what if we really lived like Scripture is what it claims to be? The Bible says this about itself.  The Word of God is living and active and sharper than any 2-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). It is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). The Word is sweet to my taste and honey to my mouth ; a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path (Psalm 119:103,105).

Jesus fended off severe hunger with the Word proving that “man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” You ate today. Did you read the Word?

Here’s a Bible Reading Plan I made for the Church where I serve for 2024.

Here are Ligonier’s Suggestions on other options for Bible Reading Plans.

George Sayour
George Sayour

George is Senior Pastor of Meadowview Reformed Presbyterian
Church (PCA) in Lexington, NC. When he's not pastoring or writing, he's fishing, kayaking and spending time with his family.

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