Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 9, 2006
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 9, 2006
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Temptation and holy words
But Jesus answered, "It is written, 'One shall not
live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds
from the mouth of God.'"
Food for the body is not enough to satisfy the deepest
longings of our souls. We all hunger for meaning,
purpose in living, and a sense of value. We hunger
for God. Christ refused to use his power for self-
service. He chose to experience hunger, one of the
keenest pains humankind experiences. He chose to
identify with those who suffer. He gave himself
completely to serving God. "Seek first the Kingdom
(Reign) of God and God's righteousness, and all these
things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:33 NIV).
Food is not our only concern in this life. We need
soul food that sustains us when we are physically
and spiritually starving. Sacred words in scripture
are one form of soul food, which will endure forever.
Jesus knew the words of scripture and quoted Deuteronomy
8:3 to his tempter. Jesus is exhausted, starving, and
vulnerable to evil. Yet he is inwardly sustained by a
word of holy scripture. His Bible was the Old Testament.
He had committed himself to memorizing large portions of
it since childhood. In his moment of need, he had
spiritual food for his journey. He carried scripture
in his heart. Jesus did not have a copy of a written
Bible with him. He had it engraved in his heart.
Holy words nourish us in difficult times. We also need
to carry them in our hearts. We would be wise to
memorize nourishing words for our times of need.
Perhaps you have never before memorized scripture.
It is a spiritual discipline that has encouraged
people in danger and safety, health and sickness,
from birth to death.
Jesus is later recorded as saying, "I am the bread of
life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and
whoever believes in me will never be thirsty" (John
6:35). The One who hungered is now bread for the
God, help us carry nourishing words in our hearts for
our times of need. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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