In Limiting God
Jan. 5, 2016 at 9:26 a.m.
Losing weight is probably the most often resolution of the New Year. Some people have the ability to do everything in moderation and stick with it. Others resort to more drastic measures. One of those measures is to fast for a period of time. Fasting may not be a problem to some, but if you love food, this can be a time of agony. One almost wants to eat the picture off the page of a magazine showing a new recipe.
Jesus knew hunger in the wilderness. He had just come off the high of his baptism and God’s anointing with the dove. Jesus’ fasting was part of tradition dating back to first-century Judaism. The purpose was to glorify God. Jesus may have been so overcome by the events at the Jordan that fasting was his way of thanking and glorifying God who had supreme confidence in His Son.
Whatever the reason, Jesus was hungry. Hunger plays with the mind. When you want to eat everything in sight, your focus is on food, not anything else. And if we’re hungry enough, we might do anything necessary to get food, possibly even something illegal which wouldn’t have occurred to us any other time. Even if we don’t hold up the grocery store, we may fill our grumbling stomach with chips, candy, anything that essentially is not good for us.
In His great hunger, the devil came to Jesus. If Satan was so bold to tempt our Savior with food, what makes us think he will not tempt us? Psalm 34:8 says “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” You can’t taste something without putting it into your mouth. If we go without tasting Christ for a while, we become spiritually hungry and that’s just when the devil shows up. Jesus reminded Satan that man does not live by bread alone. Our bread is the Word of God that strengthens us in time of trouble or depression when we don’t want to eat. It strengthens us when we’re famished from a self-imposed diet to lose weight. It strengthens us when we’re so exhausted it takes real effort just to put one foot in front of the other, day after day.
Yes, Jesus says we’re not to live by His Word (bread) alone, but He also says in His prayer to ask for our daily bread. This can mean food, but it can also mean whatever we need to get through the day. We are to ask for it every day.
Think about God’s bread when you’re sweating it out on the treadmill.