Have you ever wondered where hunger and thirst originate? I’m not just talking about our hunger for pizza, ice cream and chips. Yes, we hunger and thirst after food to satisfy cravings, but we also seek to find satisfaction and feed cravings of other kinds too. Relationships feed our deep need for belonging, jobs feed a need to feel important, books, shows, and apps on our phones feed a need for entertainment and satisfaction. All serve a purpose to satisfy and provide enjoyment, and an inherent need for connection and relationship. And, when asked, we might even say that we could never survive without them. But the truth is, we could. Believe it or not, we would survive on this earth, without the internet! Chaos might ensue, yet we would survive. What about the loss of a loved one? Can we survive a loss like that? Many know all too well, the gut-wrenching pain of losing a spouse, child, or parent, and the lifelong healing that is required for survival. Yet, even though our lives are forever changed after the loss of a special loved one, physically we survive. We may not have the desire to go on without a loved one, yet our physical bodies continue to function.
The same is not true for food. Our bodies need the vitamins and nutrients found in the foods we eat in order to sustain life. It would be physically impossible for us to survive for more than a few weeks without food. Even less without water. So, the burning question becomes, can we survive on food and water alone?
Interestingly, we’re told in two distinct places in the bible that food is NOT the only thing we need to survive. In Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4 (also in Luke 4:4) we are told, “It is written that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
Sweet friend, if this is true, many of us are dying today. We try to sustain our lives through self-help books, TV shows, relationships, gym memberships, the list is endless. None of these are hurtful in and of themselves, and many do provide excellent resources and direction. However, NONE can sustain us unless they are coupled with God’s Word.
So many of us need a fresh start today; we are desperate for a new life, a new approach, a new way of thinking. If you’re looking for a fresh start today, be blessed by this precious word from the book of James, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”(1:17.) In other words, God has great and perfect gifts waiting for all who want a relationship with Him. There is no one like Him and He never changes and He NEVER leaves! May you be blessed with the gift of experiencing a fresh start and a new relationship this week!
And precious friend, if you are searching for support, encouragement, and the desire to live healthier for God, we would love to travel this road with you. Consider becoming part of our E4M family, and start your transformation today!