Matthew 4:4, “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”.
What’s more important? Consistent meals or consistent study of the Bible? I am not trying to appear “super spiritual” because I realize we all have to eat to live, but Jesus references this verse from Deuteronomy 8., In John 4 we see Jesus tell His disciples
“I have food to eat that you do not know . . . my food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work”.
I am not discounting the importance of eating physical food, but I am highlighting our lack of regular intake of God’s Word and understanding the importance of regular Bible study. Jesus taught His disciples the same principle that His Father taught the ancient Israelites. Regular study of God’s Word and pursuing a knowledge of Him brings an inner sustenance that surpasses the satisfaction of physical food. Yes, filling our stomach brings satisfaction and makes us feel very good, but filling our inner man with Scripture brings spiritual growth and contentment.
It’s amazing what businesses try to sell us these days! Recently, I read about a Scottish company that offered a potato chip that tastes like Haggis, Scotland’s national delicacy. Authentic Haggis is a rare treat – a blend of sheep organs like the heart, liver and lungs traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach or intestines for several hours. I’ve never tasted Haggis myself but am told it tastes better than it sounds. But if you don’t want to try it authentically, you can sample taste it in potato chip form.
Our world is not friend to us spiritually. It tries to convince us to satisfy every physical need we have and sample taste the Bible. Don’t allow yourself to become spiritually anemic! Learn the value of spending consistent time with God in His Word and spend large amounts of time pursuing a knowledge of Him. Video games do not compare to the joy of learning about Jesus! Television or any hobby cannot bring spiritual satisfaction like “growing in grace”!
If you need specific suggestions to begin this discipline, choose one television program a week that does not feed your soul and decide to use that 30 minutes or 60 minutes for personal Bible study. Wake up 30 minutes earlier each morning and devote it to prayer and Bible reading. But most importantly . . . Eat His Book!