I LOVE my carbs! Potatoes and rice are a main stay in my diet! The bread I can do without, but my cookie after a meal is a must! And then there is pasta--yummy! Don't be messing with my pasta by making it with a vegetable base! Somehow that is just sac-religious!
I am not a big eater, but I know what I like and prefer to eat what I love. Veggies are OK--but give me the choice between Brussels sprouts and a baked potato and there is NO contest!
We all spend a great deal of time discussing our diets --whether we are eating everything in sight or eating only bananas--we are all fixated on our diets. We are obsessed with what we put into our mouths to fuel our bodies. No carb--high protein--no sugar--no whites--anything I can find to eat--we all have a plan of attack on what we are going to eat.
Our Bible Study this week is talking about the Israelites and the manna God provided. GRIPE-GRIPE-GRIPE! Same thing day in and day out! God is providing all they need for their nutritional needs to be met and they want what they ate in Egypt. It is like trying to convince a three or four year old they should eat asparagus every day. NOT HAVING IT! God graciously begins supplying meat too! (There you go Vegans---GOD HIMSELF provides the meat!) They are still grumbling and mumbling!
Forty years of the same old diet day after day ensued! God is intent upon humbling them and teaching them that man does not live by bread alone. Fast forward hundreds of years and what is Satan's first temptation of Jesus? "You KNOW you are hungry-How about some bread?" Jesus repeats the same verse found in Deuteronomy 8- "Man does not live by bread alone." Jesus was human and after 40 days of fasting (he got my respect immediately when I read he did not eat--NOT EVEN A SNICKER BAR for 40 days!) he was HUNGRY!
See the symbolism? 40 years roaming around the wilderness--40 days in the wilderness--LOVE how God works all this out! Does Jesus immediately conjure up a McDonald's--NO. He refers to God's Word in answer to Satan as the true nourishment.
We all spend a great deal of time everyday considering what we are going to eat, preparing what we are going to eat, and sitting and eating. We do not get finished with one meal before we are planning the next. Food consumes a huge amount of our time. We know we need to nourish our bodies and so we spend a a huge chunk of time thinking about and doing that very thing.
What about our souls? Do not our souls need to be nourished? Are we spending big chunks of time pouring over God's Word, being taught by God's teachers, praying and seeking the truth. Are we feeding our souls? Or are we spending great chunks of time on social media or planted in front of some form of communication device-be it a television, computer screen, tablet, or I Phone. Our souls are eternal and our bodies are temporary and yet we spend far less time feeding our souls than feeding our bodies.
BOY, this Bible Study is stepping ALL OVER MY TOES!
It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.