Fasting Day 26: How To Literally Feed Hunger Without Braking You Fast
February 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM
After fasting 40 days on water, Satan tempted Jesus to turn a delicious looking loaf-shaped stone into freshly baked bread. In the grips of hunger, Jesus responded, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Honestly, that has always been a pretty, little quote with no practical punch to me. Until this fast. There have been days where I was so busy with work, right into the evening and when I did finally have some time, instead of reading and praying, I watched a little TV, thinking, I just needed a break. Instead of the TV providing a break it resulted in a profound emptiness and body-hunger which turned the loaf-shaped image in my head into the soft bread in my mouth. The next day I would regroup the fast and take spiritual inventory of where I went wrong. That’s when a pretty little quote punched me right in my belly. Jesus was literally hungry. Satan was suggesting that Jesus turn a stone into literal bread and then literally eat it. And Jesus responded by saying that God’s words will literally feed you.
I know this to be true. There have been other fasting days of hectic, uncontrollable busyness, where I came home and resisted the temptation of turning the TV on and instead forced myself to me knees. Within minutes, hunger subsided, a meaningless fast became rich with purpose again. And like Jesus, my actions said, “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Literally!