Day 17

But He answered and said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

We’ve heard or seen the word “essential” way too much: “Stay home! Essential trips only!” We instantly try to decide what “essential” really means. Some of us are convinced that choosing a new paint color for the bedroom at Lowes is definitely “essential.” The dictionary defines it as “a thing that is absolutely necessary.” So if we’re really honest with ourselves, essential means an income, food, toilet paper (oh yes - the toilet paper), soap, laundry detergent, prescriptions - those items that keep us alive and clean. As much as we Americans are whining these days, the truth is, even in quarantine, we are living with way more than the essentials. We still have the internet. We still have closets full of clothes. We still buy restaurant food to carry out. We still have television. We still have books and games. We still shop online. We still visit with friends and loved ones via Facetime, Zoom, and Skype. What if all we had were the essentials? It’s interesting how our minds go to “things” when we think of essentials; but there is so much more to “essential” than things. Harking back to the story of Mary and Martha, Jesus said “One thing” is needed - and Mary had found that one thing. She was sitting at Jesus’ feet, taking in something that could not be taken away. Something that would last forever. Godly leaders suggest that a benefit in fasting food is that it reminds us of our true sustenance - man does not live by bread alone [Matthew 4:4]. During this time of isolation, let’s turn our thoughts away from worldly essentials and lean into spiritual essentials: iSOULate! .

Pray Psalm 27:8-11; 13-14:

When You said, “Seek My face,”

My heart said to You, “Your face Lord,

I will seek.”

Do not hide Your face from me;

Do not turn Your servant away in anger;

You have been my help;

Do not leave me nor forsake me,

O God of my salvation,

When my father and my mother forsake me,

Then the Lord will take care of me.

Teach me Your way, O Lord,

And lead me in a smooth path.

I would have lost heart, unless I had believed

That I would see the goodness of the Lord,

In the land of the living.

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

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