"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
One of the commercials that premiered during the 2015 Super Bowl was for the Snickers candy bar. In the ad, action star Danny Trejo is in the living room of the 1970's Brady Bunch home playing the role of Marcia Brady. Marcia (Danny) is complaining to her parents about something, and her mother gives her a Snickers and tells her to eat because she gets a little hostile when she's hungry. The slogan for the commercial was, "You're not you when you're hungry." This is just one of the ads from their successful longrunning "Snickers Satisfies" campaign.
In the scripture today, we find Jesus in the wilderness where he had been fasting for 40 days. As usual, Satan shows up at just the right time with an offer, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." In one sentence, the tempter asks Jesus to doubt himself as God's son and question his faith that his Father will provide. Jesus responds with the word of God given to Moses when addressing the children of Israel in Deuteronomy 18:3.
As the Snickers commercial shows, we need to eat, and sometimes we may get cranky when we don't, but our hunger is never satiated. We eat and in a short while, we are hungry again. The same is true with God's word. To fill our spiritual hunger, we need to have a steady diet in God’s word. As Christians, one of our spiritual practices is to sit down with our Bible’s and feed on his sacred scripture, “God’s Word Satisfies.”
Heavenly Father, we give you thanks for the food that feeds our bodies, and your Word that feeds our souls. Please help us as we read and study your Word to grow in our understanding of you. Help us to transform and become the people you would have us be. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.