“Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors. 2 Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would really obey his commands. 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on every word of the Lord. 4 For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. 5 So you should realize that just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you to help you.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
We are more than just a body, we also have a spirit and a soul. Our spirit is the part of us that is in unity with God when we become His child through salvation. Our spirit is immediately connected to God forever. Our soul is the part of us that we must work out our salvation as stated in Philippians 2:12, “…work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. But our body is the part of us that will not wait for anything. When we are hungry, we must eat, when we thirst, we must drink, and when we are tired we must sleep. Our bodies do not see anything outside of the needs. Without food, water or rest we would die. So we all meet the needs of the body. It is a fact of life and can not be ignored. But God is telling us not to forget the other parts of us. “Real life comes by feeding on every Word of God.” God is speaking to the other parts of us our soul and our spirit often go hungry. Our spirit needs to be feed by learning the Word of God and spending time in worship to Him. Feeding our soul takes a little more work and requires that we apply what we have leaned in the Word. In other words we live the Word. Whenever we learn a truth and then apply it or make it a part of what we do, we are feeding our spirit and our soul. Most Christians can tell you a lot about what is in the Word, but do not apply it to their lives. They know more than they live. Our mind, our will and our emotions, must each be worked on individually and feed with truth and that truth must be applied into each areas of our soul. The Word is full of instructions from God on how to think, feel and surrender our will to Him and others. When we eat food, it is taken in, but it is also digested and becomes a part of us. God is telling us to do the same for the spirit and the soul. Start by taking in or eating the Word of God and then digest it or make it a part of what you do and who you are.
Have a God Day!