“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4


These words of advice were spoken by Jesus after his first test, while being in the wilderness for forty days. Our Lenten period is symbolic of this test faced by Jesus. Jesus tells us and the dark forces of the world to not rely of those things of the world, but on God. When we are famished and thirsty, God will provide. When we are spiritually drained, God will provide. When we are tempted, our eyes and hearts should be pointed to the ways of God to receive all that we need. Jesus wants us to; live simply, listen constantly and know the words of God. A simple message that is tempted daily, if not hourly, but like Jesus the words of God will sustain us.

Points of Reflection

  • How often do you read the Bible and where?
  • Do you pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit before reading the Bible?
  • What tests during this Lenten season do you want to pass?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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