Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone, but by “every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Jesus is saying that man lives by the Word of God as much as he lives by bread. This means that our human existence and life proceeds out of spiritual sustenance as much as natural sustenance.
Since the fall, and particularly in modern times, man tends to think that he lives only by the natural food that he takes into his mouth, but this is a delusion. Indeed, the lack of true “life” that we see around us every day, the poor quality of life that most people endure, is a result of trying to live only by physical bread, only in the physical realm. Man was created to live by the Word as well as by bread, and thus, those who do not feast on the Word of God are starving their soul. Existence becomes subsistence without the Word of God.
Man gets hungry for bread. Man also gets hungry for the Word. Just as man craves bread, man craves the bread of life, the Word of God. There is no substitute for it. The Word of God is God speaking His mind to us through the Word and Spirit.
We receive the Bread of Life when the Word and Spirit bring the Scriptures to life through faithful gospel preaching. We receive the Bread of Life when we read our Bibles in faithful, daily devotions. We receive the Bread of Life when we read morning and evening with our children. We receive the Bread of Life as we meditate daily in the law of God. When we are hungry, we will reach for the Bread of Life in any way we can get it.
There is a secret here. We have learned to eat natural bread as soon as we get hungry in the flesh. We must learn the importance of doing the same as soon as we get hungry in the spirit. We must start out our morning with a healthy breakfast of the Word of God. A midmorning snack would be good. And then, lunch—ah, lunch! Everybody looks forward to lunch. Well, how about a moment or two breaking the Bread of Life? We should carry a Bible in our lunch box so we are reminded, “Man shall not live by bread alone.”
Throughout the remainder of the day, and just before we go to bed, we should seek to satisfy the soul with spiritual bread just as regularly as we seek to satisfy the body with natural bread. It is a simple concept. We just simply need to learn what we are hungry for.