Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey His commands. Yes, He humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell.
The Old Testament tells the story about how God took His people, the Israelites, out of Egypt where they had been slaves for hundreds of years. As good as it was for the Israelites to no longer be enslaved, they then found themselves hiking through the desert for forty years! As you know, the desert doesn’t have much of vegetation so there wasn’t much food for God’s people to eat. But God took care of their hunger pains: Every morning God rained down manna (a bread-like food) for His people to eat.
As these verses say, He provided food for His people “to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God.” God provides you and your child with food to nourish your physical body. He wants you to remember that reading His word, the Bible, provides you with spiritual nutrition that is needed for your soul.
Are you spending time feeding on God’s Words? Are you finding creative ways to feed God’s word to your child? One good way to feed your child’s spirit is by reading him a Bible story before bedtime. It will provide you with a chance to spend some special time with your child, while allowing them to learn God’s word.
(Today's reading was written by Marcia Furrow. Marcia served as a Mentor for Teen Mother Choices for 10 years.)
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.