To Obey Is Better than Food
Only Christ can help you believe that only he can satisfy your deepest needs.
The Scripture text this morning is Matthew 4:1-4:
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"
If I were to ask you, "What are you hungry for?" each of you would give me different answers. You might name some foods that you're hungry for right now. You're looking to satisfy your physical appetite. But you might say, "I hunger for relationships. I hunger for people in my life. I'm lonely." Or you might say, "I hunger for work. It's been a long time since I've worked, and I just want a job. The word hunger means something that we really long for. Where do you turn to satisfy that hunger? If you have hunger pains, you go to the fridge or you make yourself a sandwich or you go get something to eat. We also have appetites. Physical appetites are natural. Some of these appetites are good and God-given—the appetite for rest or even the appetite for relationships, or the appetite for marriage. Those are all good desires.
But there are certain appetites—one appetite, one hunger in particular—that we should satisfy above all other appetites: a spiritual hunger. The only one who can satisfy that spiritual hunger is God. I think of Psalm 63, where David says, "O God, you are my God. Earnestly I seek you. My soul thirsts for you." He goes on to say,
My flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding ...
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Juan Sanchez is the Preaching Pastor for High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.