Read Matthew 4:104; Job 23:12
That’s right, a man does have to eat! But if he is going to be a whole man, he must feed the soul as well as the body. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The outward man is perishing, yet needs to be fed; so how much more the “inner man” that will live eternally (2 Co 4:16).
The average healthy adult male eats three good meals a day, and probably several snacks! Do you take time to feed on the spiritual nourishment in the Word of God? Job confessed that he valued the Word of God more than his necessary food! He would rather mediate on the Word of God than enjoy a steak dinner!
God’s Word is food for the inner man, and it sets before you daily a well-balanced diet. There is the milk of the Word (And you never really outgrow milk) according to 1 Peter 2:2; and for the mature saint, there is the meat of the Word, the deeper truths about Christ’s present ministry as High Priest in heaven (Heb 5:6-14). Jesus compares the Word to bread in Matthew 4:4; and the psalmist writes, “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps 119:103). Milk—meat—bread—honey! What a spiritual menu the Lord has set before us for the inner man!
Of course, merely reading your Bible will not nourish you, any more than reading a cookbook or a restaurant menu will feed a starving man. You must make the Word a part of your inner life by understanding it, meditating on it, memorizing it, and obeying it. Only then will you grow in the inner man and be strong because the Word is abiding in you (1 Jn 2:14).
(Copyright, Warren W. Wiersbe. First appeared in Thoughts for Men on the Move. May not be copied or reproduced without express written permission of the author.)
Dr. Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019) was an internationally known Bible teacher, author, and conference speaker. He graduated in 1953 from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. While attending seminary, he was ordained as pastor of Central Baptist Church in 1951 and served until 1957. From September 1957 to 1961, Wiersbe served as Director of The Literature Division for Youth for Christ International. From 1961 to 1971 he pastored Calvary Baptist Church of Covington, Kentucky south of Cincinnati, Ohio. His sermons were broadcast as the “Calvary Hour” on a local Cincinnati radio station. From 1971 to 1978, He served as the pastor of Moody Church in Chicago 1971 to 1978. While at Moody Church he continued in radio ministry. Between August 1979 and March 1982, he wrote bi-weekly for Christianity Today as “Eutychus X”, taught practical theology classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and wrote the course material and taught a Doctor of Ministry course at Trinity and Dallas Seminary. In 1980 he transitioned to Back to the Bible radio broadcasting network where he worked until 1990. Dr. Wiersbe became Writer in Residence at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids and Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. In his lifetime, Dr. Wiersbe wrote over 170 books—including the popular Be series, which has sold over four million copies. Dr. Wiersbe was awarded the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA).