The gospel writer Luke reminds us that Jesus was human in nature, subject to hunger and other normal physical issues. After 40 days of fasting in a wilderness area Jesus was hungry and in that state encountered the Devil. It was no accident. The Holy Spirit of God set the entire scenario up. The Devil took the opportunity to tempt Jesus into using his power to satisfy the needs of the flesh and thus dominate the lead of the Spirit.
Jesus does not deny the need of bread to sustain life. He reminds Satan and all of us who will listen that life is more than bread. Bread is not the only necessity of life. Man has a spiritual requirement as well and it has a higher priority than those of the flesh.
Jesus reminds the Devil of what God spoke to the Israelites in Deut. 8:3 and in so doing reminds us as well. God caused the chosen to wander without food. No bread was provided until they understood hunger. Then God provided them manna so they would understand that they needed his word more than they needed food. God told them, “… man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” This was to teach man that his first responsibility was to be obedient to God’s word.
What sustains your life? Do you live for your daily bread or for the soul filling words of God? What sort of balance between fleshly life and spiritual life do you try to maintain?
The second verse of Third John reminds us that our soul should be the most important indicator of health. After the soul, we can worry about the body. Think about this passage today. 3 John 2 “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” NIV