Written by Tatianna Aker
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” ~Matthew 4:4 (KJV)
I felt depleted…suffocated…vacant. There was nothing left to give, yet so much available room for receiving. In the midst of my busy world filled with meetings, rehearsals, class, a listening ear, words of encouragement, and a shoulder to cry on, I was empty, dry. My soul was parched with a thirst that could not be quenched by my good intentions, words, or deeds.
At the point of desperation, with a heavy heart and tangled mind, I sat on the edge of my bed and opened my personal treasure chest, the word of God. As I read and listened with my heart, my empty places were filled, and my thirst quenched. My heart was penetrated with encouraging words of promise from my father, while my mind was freed from the pollutants of a busy life. It was here, in my susceptible state of empty, that I began to understand my need for daily communion with God.
Much like the necessity of air for daily survival, the word of God is our lifeline. It nurtures our spirit causing it to grow and be in good health. What a blessing, a privilege it is to have the articulation of God available to us – daily. It is an understatement to declare it illogical to attempt to function, pray, witness, befriend, mother, enjoy, live in peace…shall I go on?… all while existing in malnourishment. It is God, our father and creator of all, who sustains, directs, and feeds our souls and minds through His word. In its pages we find comfort, encouragement, and truth. Here we learn that in this life we will have suffering, but are instructed to be of good courage for Jesus Christ, our savior, advocate, and intercessor has overcome the world (John 16:33). It is here true love is defined and exhibited. We find instruction on how to have peace; we are taught how to adorn our hearts and minds in ways that are pleasing to our Father (1Peter 3:4); and above all, between each chapter, each verse, each word, we find the voice of God.
When I really took an inventory of my life and activities, I found that I was so busy doing work (church, school, career) that I somehow worked consecrated, quality time with God out of my day. My lifeline was disconnected, hence the source of my emptiness. Thus, I vowed to stay connected to God through prayer and His word through good moments and bad, busy seasons and quiet ones. I encourage you to do the same. In His word you will find nourishment for your soul and sustenance for your life. Let’s stay connected!
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