MATTHEW 4:4 NKJ 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
When Jesus faced the devil’s temptations as recorded in Matthew chapter four, His first response was to quote Deuteronomy 8:3.
God wants you to learn the same lesson that Jesus knew: Nothing is more important than God’s Word. Without the Word, your life will be less than God intends. The Word of God is vital!
DEUTERONOMY 8:2-3 NKJ 2 “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.
This lesson was what God intended for Israel to learn in the wilderness, but sadly, most of them missed it.
When Joshua was taking command of the Israelites after Moses’ death, God wanted to make sure Joshua understood the lesson. So, He gave him directions for success — which are: speak God’s Word, think God’s Word, and do God’s Word. Those instructions have never changed. They are as valid for you today as they were for Joshua.
JOSHUA 1:8 NKJ 8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.