One of the hardest things for me to learn is to be dependent on others.
I don’t know where it comes from, but I tend to take matters into my own hands.
I am a “get ‘er done” kind of girl and when I see a need, I step in to fill it and when I have needs, I seek to get them met.
When I became a Christian in my teen years I did not really understand that in order to love God, I needed to trust God.
In order to trust God, I would need to let go of control.
In order to let go of control, I needed to learn how to depend on God.
I love to eat. Anyone else out there with me? I really do. I love sweets especially.
I have always been drawn to the verses in Scripture that compare Jesus to being the Bread of Life.
I ask myself often- what is my soul truly hungry for?
So often I think it is so many things- a cleaner home, well-behaved children, the perfect marriage, etc… but what I have learned and am continuing to learn is that the only way to truly satisfy my hungry soul is with Jesus himself.
Here is my encouragement for you on Day #4 of this journey-
Stop feeding your flesh with ______________ (you fill in the blank) and start asking Jesus to fill your soul with Himself.
Ask Him to do this right now and tomorrow and the day after.
You will find a fulfillment sweeter than apple pie, I promise!
Depend on Him and understand that He is all that your soul craves.
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell the stones to become bread’. Jesus answered, ‘It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’.”
Jesus gave us this example to help us know that he was also tempted just as we are.
Jesus was fully human so he was at his weakest after fasting for 40 days and 40 nights. He felt extreme hunger.
When Satan tempted him to use his powers to feed his flesh – Jesus countered with the word of God.
When his flesh was weak, Jesus leaned on the truth of the word of God.
When Jesus spoke the word of God, the devil was silenced.
When we are at our weakest points in our lives, Jesus gives us an example – fighting off the temptations of the enemy with the word of God.
The testing of Jesus has its primary background Deuteronomy 8:1 – 5.
Deuteronomy 8:1 – 5
“Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the Lord your God led you all way in the desert these 40 years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He told you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers have known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these 40 years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.”
Food sustains but does not guarantee life, which is God’s gift to those who trust in and live by his word: his commands and promises.
God’s discipline of his people by bringing them through the desert taught them this fundamental truth.
They were humbled by being cast on the Lord in total dependence.
Maybe today you are struggling in some way, of course you are, who isn’t?
Maybe your struggle is exactly what God is trying to use to get your attention.
God brought the Israelites through the desert to teach them to trust Him.
They were humbled and cast into total dependence on the Lord.
Do you want to be encouraged today?
Don’t look for a happy feeling, or a chocolate milkshake, or a new outfit or for your kids to be perfect to fulfill your hunger.
Cast yourself into total dependence on the Lord and you will find your soul fulfilled.
Just as God gave the Israelites manna in a supernatural way – Deuteronomy 8:3, we also must rely on God for spiritual nourishment.
“Then Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.’”
Ultimately, Jesus, who is the Word, is the bread of life, all that we need.
As long as we continue to abide in him, we will never go hungry spiritually and we will never be thirsty in our souls.
Depend on Jesus. Be encouraged by Him and Him alone.