Only by the word of God
I’ve really learned the truth of the words that “man does not live by bread alone.”
I have had very, very many good experiences with God’s word so I am very happy that I can believe in it. It is strength to do the good, a comfort in need, a light in the darkness and leads to a healthy outlook on life, both at work, in family life, and more.
Like the people of Israel in the wilderness, I had to learn that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. (Deuteronomy 8:3.) In my “wilderness” – when my feelings were at rock-bottom, when I felt tired and drained and problems seemed to have no solution – I learned more and more that my joy in life, my courage, and my love for my fellow man could only be upheld by nourishment from the mouth of God.
I had a special experience a few years ago, when a tumor was discovered in my lower abdomen. Right away these thoughts came up: cancer – benign – malignant? I remember the afternoon I sat in the hospital waiting for the operation very well. Worries tried to overcome my soul. I realized that in this situation it was not enough, for instance, just to think about a verse like 1 Peter 5:7: “… casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
I had time, and slowly read all the Scriptures about this topic that came to my mind. (Matthew 6:25-34; Philippians 4:4-7, etc.) I knew many of them by heart, but still, I looked them up and read again and again, slowly, longing for the life contained in those words. It was like a, but slowly the heavy worries left me and peace entered my inner man. Philippians 4:6-7 were a special help to me: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I knew that my life, and that of my family, were in God’s hand. God only wants our best. These thoughts brought me rest and thankfulness.
In the end, the doctors did find something malignant in the tissue, and I needed a second operation. Then, when thoughts of worry came up, the expression “with thanksgiving” was enough to drive them away. Therefore, I can say with Paul: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God …” that makes all who believe in it happy. (Romans 1:16.)
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