Due to the quarantine restrictions imposed by the Government, most of us had ample time in our hands. During the ECQ time, we stayed in our homes and spent time reading, watching videos, gardening, and many more. It is encouraging to note that many people reported that they were able to devote time in prayer and in reading the Bible.
When tempted by Satan to turn the stones into bread Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). What lessons can we learn from this answer of Jesus in which He quoted Deuteronomy 8:3?
We have to remember the importance of the Word of God in our lives. Why is it important?
First, the Bible is the only book that has the commands of God.
If we believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then there is no more reason why we should not read it. We must read it because the Bible comes from God and that the commands of God can only be found in that book. There is no book that can rival the Bible. If this is so, then we must start reading the Bible.
Upon reading the commands of God, we must pray that God will empower us to fulfill it.
Second, we can fight the temptations of Satan if we know the Bible by heart.
We have to realize that temptations come every day and from different areas. If Jesus was tempted by Satan, then it means that we, too, have been and will be tempted. Jesus answered Satan by quoting the Old Testament. This tells us that Jesus knew the Scriptures by heart, and He used it to thwart the attacks of Satan.
If Satan attacks us, do we know what verse in the Bible to quote? We may succumb to wiles of Satan if we are not devoting time in studying the Word of God.
May God bless us all!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on