This entry is part 3 of 35 in the series Devotionals

Job 23:12 says, “…I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job said that He considered the Word of God as being greater in his daily life than the food necessary to keep him alive. Most people, however, can take the Word of God or leave it. The decisions they make in life are indicators that God’s Word is not important to them.

When a person is physically ill, they will make certain that they take the medications their doctor prescribes. If they have high blood pressure or diabetes, or any other serious ailment, they know that taking their medication the right way is the key to their success. When it comes to hearing the Word of God, however, they will make every excuse to neglect it. The truths found only in God’s Word should mean more to us than any medication we take plus any daily food that we eat.

Deuteronomy 8:2-3 NASB says, “You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” God will often lead us into affliction and suffering to test us, in order to see if we esteem His Words as being MORE NECESSARY than our daily provisions.

When it comes to taking your medications, it is essential to follow your health care provider’s instructions. When it comes to your eternal life, however, it’s important that you HEAR and DO God’s Word. You have to personally decide what is NECESSARY for you.

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