4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
A foolish old farmer, so the story goes, concluded one day that the oats he had fed his mule for years were simply costing him too much. So he hatched a plan where he mixed a little sawdust in with the feed, and then a little more the next day, and even more the next, each time reducing the amount of oats in the mix. The mule didn’t seem to notice the gradual change, so the farmer thought things were fine and kept decreasing the proportion of oats. But weeks later, on the day he finally fed the poor beast nothing but sawdust, the mule finished the meal and fell over dead.
Let us not become like this foolish farmer when it comes to the feeding of our souls! We must make sure that our spirits are well-fed! In the end, the amount and quality of our feeding will determine our usefulness, our spiritual power, our impact in the kingdom, and the quality of our lives!
Andrew Murray said it wisely:
Little of the word with little prayer is death to the spiritual life. Much of the word with little prayer gives a sickly life. Much prayer with little of the word gives more life, but without steadfastness. A full measure of the word and prayer each day gives a healthy and powerful life.
I often go back to what the great Chinese Christian, Watchman Nee said:
EVERY BELIEVER OUGHT TO KNOW THERE ARE FOUR THINGS TO BE DONE ATTENTIVELY BEFORE GOD EACH MORNING:
If one neglects any of these four the day will declare it.
We must find time to feed our spiritual life, if we can’t find time, then we must make time! God longs to feed and satisfy us- don’t keep Him waiting!