Not Like Yesterday
April 25 | Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 21-22; Luke 18:24-43
Not Like Yesterday
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
READ MATTHEW 4:1Ė11
When our grandson Jay was a child his parents gave him a new T-shirt for his birthday. He put it on right away and proudly wore it all day.
When he appeared the next morning in the shirt, his dad asked him, ďJay, does that shirt make you happy?Ē
ďNot as much as yesterday,Ē Jay replied.
Thatís the problem with material acquisition: Even the good things of life canít give us the deep, lasting happiness we so strongly desire. Though we may have many possessions, we may still be unhappy.
The world offers happiness through material accumulation: new clothes, a new automobile, an update to our phone or watch. But no material acquisition can make us as happy as it did yesterday. Thatís because we were made for God and nothing less will do.
One day, when Jesus was fasting and faint with hunger, Satan approached Him and tempted Him to satisfy His hunger by creating bread. Jesus countered by quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3: ďMan shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of GodĒ (Matthew 4:4).
Jesus didnít mean that we should live only on bread. Heís rather stating a fact: Weíre spiritual beings and thus we canít exist on material goods alone.
True satisfaction is found in God and His riches.
By David H. Roper
REFLECT & PRAY
Teach me, God, what it means to live by Your riches today. You possess all I truly need!
Why do material acquisitions not provide long-term happiness? What have you learned from past expectations?
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Jesusís forty days without food in the wilderness of Judea comes with echoes of Israelís forty years in the wilderness of Sinai. Recalling how the Spirit led the Israelites into an uninhabitable no-manís land, Jesus quoted repeatedly from their wilderness experience (Deuteronomy 6:16; 8:3; 10:20) as He too faced challenges that tested His trust in God to provide the bread and faithfulness on which His life and mission depended (Matthew 4:1-2; Deuteronomy 8:3). In each case, Jesus chose to trust the goodness of the Father He knew rather than the satisfaction (Matthew 4:3), help (v. 6), and compromise (vv. 8-9) suggested by His enemy (v. 10). Mart DeHaan
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