Day 261 –
What do you hunger for?
Matthew 4:1-4 “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Naturally, I love food. It was actually one of the things that encouraged my husband and I during the dating process. (I wasn’t afraid to eat my meal and steal what he still had left on his plate.)
Over my lifetime, I’ve loved all types of foods with my tastes changing here and there depending on the season or the pregnancy cravings that came along. However, after all this time, one thing still remains, my overall “fave food” has been and will always be bread. So, when I have a huge decision to make or if I’m looking for a specific Word from God, food is what I fast from to show God my dependence on Him. I want the Lord to know that His Word is the only true “Bread” I need.
My first real struggle and growth in this area came with morning devotions.
Growing up, my dependency on food as soon as I woke up would help me from getting “Hangry“. If I was made to wait to eat, a crazed girl would come out that no one would want to meet.
As I noticed my dependency on food over God, I decided I needed to refrain from it all together until after I had my quiet time. You see, the devil is always looking for ways to tempt us to trust in or want something more than we want communion with God.
Satan even tempted Jesus in the wilderness with the abilities to turn stones into bread after fasting for 40 days, to jump from a significant height without having harm by the protection of Angels, and by obtaining extreme power over all the kingdoms of the earth by “just” bowing to him.
Your temptation may not be food. Maybe your more tempted by guilt, power, others, material things, envy, or any other fleshly desire that comes up. Any of these things can deter us from growing closer to Him.
Once you recognize what your temptation is, what you hunger for, you can choose to turn from it when you’re truly wanting to grow in Christ. For me, food is my fleshly hunger, but it’s in my times of fasting, I discover the greatest bread of all.
Let His Word be the food that fills your soul.