Purpose is Sustenance

Matthew 4:4, Jesus speaking:

‘But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

There is so much more to be gleaned from the context of this story, which is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness by Satan, but my focus on the moment will be much narrower.

This quote came to mind as I was thinking about how much energy you can gain by having a purpose in mind. A person who is really engaged in a project will gain such momentum that they may loose track of time or skip a meal. They don’t need other sustenance because they are energized by the mission. The connection between this thought and the quote shared above lies in the Greek word for “word”, which in this case is “rhema”. Usually, when you see “word” in the text, the Greek is “logos”. What’s the difference? From my personal studies, I would say that “logos” is a general conveyance of a truth, whereas “rhema” is a more specific piece of communication. Accordingly, I have come to look at it the like ‘logos’ is the Word, and ‘rhema’ is your Word. What is God saying to you right now? What hope is He emphasizing to you right now, what promise, what purpose?

I’ll also share Romans 10:17,

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (rhema) of God.”

It’s true: I couldn’t hear the text until I got the personal context. I couldn’t hear until God spoke to me. His revelation could not sustain me until he made me able to recieve it. Rhema is the point of focus for this season, a stepping stone on a path of purpose, the walking out of which is faith. Give me a sense of purpose, and a sense of progress toward it! With that sense, I will be sustained, I will be filled, I will be anchored to something strong, and headed toward something great. “Your righteousness will go before you, and the Lord’s glory shall be your rear guard.” (From Isaiah 58:8) He will support me from below, a foundation, and light the path ahead, a future. That is lasting sustenance.

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