True Nourishment

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) 

Jesus answered him, “The scriptures say, ‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive. Their lives depend on what God says.’” – (Matthew 4:4, ERV) 

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to stay alive. It takes a steady stream of words from God’s mouth.” – (Matthew 4:4, MSG) 

To live the abundant life that God intends for us, requires more than nourishing our bodies; we must also nourish our heart, mind and soul. One of the key elements in doing this includes spending time in His word and in prayer. The more deeply we have His word hidden in our heart, the more clearly we become aware of His will for us, and how He is directing us in all things. We all have a God-sized hole in our hearts that can only be filled by Him. When we hunger for things to fill it that are not of Him, we discover that nothing else truly satisfies what we actually need. As we hunger to be filled with His word and direction for our lives, He is faithful to show us how to love Him and love people best. It is through an ongoing living, loving and hearing from Him that we know what it is to be filled; filled with His peace, His purpose, His goodness, His grace, and His overwhelming love. May we ever seek the Lord to find true nourishment for our entire being through time with Him and in His word. 

It takes more than bread, 

To live satisfied; 

For all of us need, 

Love that’s not denied. 

Love that is faithful, 

That doesn’t depend; 

On our worthiness, 

But helps and defends. 

As we read His word, 

Seek Him and choose pray; 

Satisfaction comes, 

As we live His way. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we were created for so much more than eating and sleeping. Thank You that You designed each of us with a plan and a purpose. Thank You that all people have gifts and talents and love to offer. Forgive us for the times that we have sought things that are not Your intention for us, to fill the void that only You can fill. Teach us to earnestly seek You and spend time in Your word. Show us how to live and love according to Your perfect plan. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to be filled by You. Amen. 

© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. – Matthew 5:6

The Source of Satisfaction

photo by Rodney Howard Browne

“They all ate and were satisfied.” – Mark 6:42

This verse comes from the story of when Jesus fed the five-thousand with five loaves and two fish.  The miracle at hand, was the Master’s ability to feed the masses with meager means.  However, there is a very spiritual element in all of this as well.  When man provided provision, there was never a reference to satisfaction, nor the human capacity for it to be enough.  Yet whenever Jesus intervened, people partook and were satisfied.

Spiritually, this is significant because the only way that we can partake and truly be satisfied, is when we trust in His truth.  We all have within us a deep hunger and thirst for righteousness, yet are incapable of ever bringing it to be in our own strength.  The gnawing ache within, is a God-sized hole that can only be filled by Him.  Anything else that we try to stuff in that space, may seem to satisfy initially, but will soon have us seeking more.  When we seek Him, and allow His Spirit to fill that space, we are suddenly able to find contentment, regardless of our resources.

Whether we are in need or know plenty, He places peace in our hearts and promises the provision that satisfies not our stomachs, but our souls.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we eat of that which nourishes our heart and soul, we are satisfied.  Thank You that You alone are the Source of sincere satisfaction.  Forgive us for trying to fill our lack with “stuff”, rather than seeking Your Spirit with a sincere heart.  Teach us to trust Your provision and Your ability to multiply and satisfy where we perceive lack.  Love us and lead us to live lives that are fully invested in You.  May our trust and obedience open doors to all in desperate need of You.  Thank You that You alone, satisfy our souls.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present