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.
–Matthew 4:4 [words of Christ]
This verse illustrates critical truths:
Notice, the importance that God places upon His words. Feeding our spirit is as important as feeding our bodies: we do this by meditating upon the words of God. Scripture study should be as routine as eating.
The supernatural power of the word of God to sustain us cannot be over-valued. God works through His word to sustain us in every thing. He can feed us on them for 40 days, as He did for Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11). He can strengthen us with them, so that we can run for 14 miles ahead of a chariot, as He did with Elijah (1 Kings 18:46).
We can tell a lot about a believer’s walk by examining the value they place upon the words of God. If they have much [spiritual] understanding, knowledge, and wisdom, we know they have been greatly obedient (John 7:17).
If we are spiritually healthy, we will hunger for the word of God, as we hunger for food. If we do not hunger for God’s word, we should examine whether we have replaced our spiritual fare with natural things. The word of God exercises God’s authority over our lives: if a believer is neglecting scriptural meditations, it is an indication that they have grown lazy, careless, and unrestrained in their walk with God.
Finally, every day, we should set aside times to live out the truth of Matthew 4:4, substituting spiritual food for natural fare.
In the beginning, God revealed Himself to man through the act of creation: All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:1-5).
What does the creative power of the word of God produce today?