The purpose of the Word is to bring God's grace and healing love to people with life-disrupting problems. The Bible is the perfect standard by which to measure our character and personal growth and development, it also offers some guidelines which will help all of us mold our characters into what God would have them to be. God provides food for physical life, and He also provides the Word for out Spiritual life. The Word is food for our soul
"Man does not live on bread alone." In other words, there is more to life than physical hunger and its satisfaction. There is more to life than the meeting of the body's needs. Our Lord has this in mind when He says, (Matt 6:25) Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? The Lord tells us here that there is more to life than physical wants and needs.
The physical body with its appetites and desires is not all there is to life. We have to remember we have not only a body but also a soul. When God created us, He created us a body and a soul. A man without a body is incomplete; but a man without a soul is also incomplete. To be human is to be body and soul. And, in this life both facets of our being need to be cared for and looked after.
The Word is as necessary for the soul as bread is for our body. The Word is as necessary for our spiritual life as bread is for our physical life. After all, it is in the Word that we hear about Jesus Who died for our sins and was raised for our justification.
Scripture is God's love letter to us and for us. It plays a good and necessary role in our relationship with God. For, it is in Scripture that we hear God's personal thoughts and plans. By means of Scripture we are bound close to God so that our relationship to Him grows and develops. If we really believe this than physical security will not be our primary concern or first priority in life. So many look for security in good jobs, a secure marriage relationship, a healthy bank account. But in so doing they often neglect or put aside their eternal security.
If we really believe that "... man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord" then we will set aside time each day for the Word of God in personal or family devotions. God's Word is central. Our lifestyle, our priorities, our outlook ought all to reflect the centrality of the Word.
My friends, to live, to really live, none of us can look to bread alone. All of us must learn that we don't have life just because we have something to put in our mouths. "... man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."
I encourage you to take some time each day and devote it to reading the Bible, even if it is only one verse a day, because God will increase your appetite. I also encourage you to share your favorite verse, or verses that have help you in life. Remember we can encourage ourselves by encouraging others.