Evening devotions：”Man Shall Not Live By Bread Alone”
The Bible says: “And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live” (Deuteronomy 8:3). And when the Lord Jesus was tempted by Satan, He said: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Previously when I read these words, although I acknowledged them to be true with my mouth, I didn’t fully believe in my heart. I thought, “‘Food is heaven for the people’ and ‘Grain is the root of existence.’ Only food is the foundation for man’s existence; without the supply of food, man cannot live. If man does not work hard to earn money to buy food, he cannot survive.” So, while I believed in God and followed Him, I still held that only if my clothing and food were ensured could I believe in God without worry and perform my duty with peace of mind. I did not believe that if man has truth, he has everything; and if man gains God, he has gained the foundation for existence. Especially when I heard that the disasters would become more and more severe, I was anxious to prepare more money and food so that I would be able to survive the disasters. Thus I had a foot in two camps, holding on to money and the truth at the same time. As a result, I suffered great loss in my life in the previous years of believing in God.
❤️God says: “But the Lord Jesus said, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,’ which means that, although man lives in a physical body, what gives him life, what allows his physical body to live and breathe, is not food, but all the words uttered by the mouth of God. On the one hand, man regards these words as truth. The words give him faith, make him feel that he can depend on God, that God is truth. On the other hand, is there a practical aspect to these words? (There is.) Why? Because the Lord Jesus has fasted for 40 days and nights and He is still standing there, still alive. Is this an illustration? The point here is that He has not eaten anything, any food for 40 days and nights. He is still alive. This is the powerful evidence behind His phrase. … This truth, this phrase—whether its content is long or short—it can let man live, give him life; it can enable man to find, within itself, truth, clarity about life’s journey, and enable him to have faith in God.” After reading this, I remembered that after the Israelites got out of Egypt, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. They neither sowed nor reaped, and didn’t prepare for themselves anything to eat, yet because they truly believed in Jehovah and relied on Him, God provided them with manna every day, so that they survived. The prophet Elijah, in order to escape the pursuit of Ahab, hid himself in the valley, where there was nothing to eat. But because of his belief in the words of God and real faith in Him, God sent ravens to bring him bread and flesh. Later, he came to a widow woman, who believed the words of God told by Elijah and made a cake for Elijah with a handful of flour and a little oil in her house. At last her barrel and cruse were always full, which had sustained Elijah, her son and herself for more than three years. From these we can see that, if we have real faith and trust in God’s words and obey His words, God will care for and protect us, and bestow upon us all the necessities for our existence, including the food that sustains our lives in the flesh. Therefore, although man’s life in the flesh needs food, it is God’s words that are the provision for man’s life and its continuation, and only God’s words are the guarantee that ensures man’s survival.