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by Pastor Mark Jordan

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4, NIV)

Have you ever fallen victim to stress or emotional eating? It is as if there is a void deep within that can be filled by ooey gooey comfort food. You can binge on the sweetest and most decadent junk food that might satisfy for a moment, but it will leave you craving more.

Today’s verse comes from the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the wilderness. Jesus consumed nothing for 40 days or nights, and he was hungry. The devil came to him and tempted the Lord to use his power to turn stones into bread, prompting Jesus’ answer that true nourishment that fills the yearning deep within comes from the Word of God. The Gospel of John gives us some really fascinating connections as we remember that Jesus himself is the living Word of God (John 1:1) who said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty” (John 6:35). This is reinforced in Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount when he said that “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6).

Are you feeling hungry, thirsty, empty? There are many sources you could turn to in order to fill that void, just as Satan tried to convince Jesus to feast on his own power. To find fulfillment, however, turn to God and seek the righteousness that fills and fulfills.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help me come to you in the times when I feel hungry, thirsty, empty. Forgive me when I turn to junk or try to rest on my own power. I need you today mor than ever, and I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.