“He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3
How many of you wake up in the morning hungry for breakfast? When my girls were younger, I was always up early to make sure that they were properly fed before they started their days. I have always known the importance of a good breakfast.
Can you imagine telling your family that they can’t eat?
God did. As a matter of fact, He made sure that His people were good and hungry before He gave them manna. Why? He did it to teach them the importance of relying on Him and His Word.
If God was willing to let His people go hungry for a period of time, then it must have been for a pretty important reason. He wants to teach us that His Word is essential for our lives. The Word of God is so important to know that God was willing to let the Israelites suffer in order to learn this lesson.
The Word of God is essential for our lives. But how can we get to know it better? One of the first things to do is to understand that our loving Father gave us His Word to help us. It isn’t a to-do list, it is a love letter. It is God’s revelation of Himself. God wants us to get to know Him through His Word. He even promises blessings to us when we get to know Him better! Matthew 5:6 says that we are blessed (happy) when we hunger and thirst for righteousness. He will fill us up.
God also promises to guide us through His Word. Psalm 119:105 says that His Word is a lamp for our feet and light for our path. I know that I can get lost very easily. Who knows where I would be without my GPS? God’s Word is our spiritual GPS. God knows where we are, and He knows how to get us to where we are going.
God loves you so much! He wants to bless you. He tells us in many places in Scripture what we must do for His blessings. Luke 11:28 tells us that all we have to do is, “hear and keep the word of God.” Jesus tells the crowds in Capernaum that God wants us to simply, “believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29).
Isn’t that amazing? Our Father, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, has written us a love letter. He gives it to us so that He can teach us and so that we can learn how to do things correctly. He wants to train us in righteousness, and gives the Word to us to make sure that we are complete and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). He longs to teach us and have us get to know Him in a very deep way. He even promises to manifest Himself to those who accept His commandments and obey them (John 14:21 NLT)!
Blessings and Love,
- Have you ever looked at the Bible as your personal GPS? Do you need clarity on which direction to go? I love that God not only knows everything about us from before we were created in our mother’s wombs, but also that He goes before us! He has all the answers!
Ask the Lord for a renewed hunger to read and digest His Word. Place your plans and hopes in God’s hands, and ask Him to line up your heart’s desire with His perfect plan for your life! Encourage your children to seek the Lord for answers to the questions they have too—which university to go to, which career should they should choose, etc. Then, point them to the Scriptures as the source for all the wisdom they need. I encourage you to seek God for every step you take and draw ever so near to Him in the process.