Deuteronomy 8: 2,3– Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He put you through hard times. He made you go hungry. Then he fed you with manna, something neither you nor your parents knew anything about, so you would learn that men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth. (MSG)
Diet food was foreign to me. Sure, we ate green stuff at our house, but it was generally covered with an appetizing, non-green sauce. When I needed to lose a few pounds, it wasn’t long before I complained about the taste, texture and color (mostly green!) of those new foods. Lettuce just didn’t taste like ice cream and even a President of the United States had a problem with broccoli!
Then I came across this verse and realized that my weight loss wasn’t about food at all. It was about obeying God. It was living my life, not by ‘bread’ alone, but by His Word. Our hunger may appear as any one of dozens of things; loneliness, fear, anger, even shame. No matter. God’s manna still supplies the filling for our emptiness.
Prayer: Lord, when we attempt to fill our hungry spot with the wrong things, please remind us that only you can really satisfy the longings of our heart. In Jesus’ name. Amen.