Your Operating Manual (Part 1)

Your Operating Manual (Part 1)

What is Your Operating Manual?

But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”

– Luke 4:4

Most manufactured products are sold with a user manual for an easy understanding of the components, functions, and usage by the users. And the more complex a product is, the more detailed its accompanying manual will be to help the end-users make the most of it.

We, humans, are of higher stock in terms of things manufactured, as we are formed by God through an intricate biological process which eventually resulted in our birth. Whereas birth does not signify the end of our production process, it only signals a fresh round of making, which is called the formation process.

From the moment we are born, we require food for survival, and if we are deprived of it for a length of time, we may die.

Jesus, having fasted for 40 whole days without food, knew what it was like to feel tired and hungry. Naturally, after completed the fasting, the next thing on His mind should be food. But, when the devil appeared and tempted Him with food – the very thing that should be uppermost in His hierarchy of needs at that time – Jesus did not hesitate before declaring, literally, ‘humans need more than food to live; most importantly, humans need the word of God to live.’

By so saying, He affirmed that in the hierarchy of things required to live, the Word of God comes before food. So, when satan tempted Him with food, He replied that He needed something more than food to be. The word of God is the manual for human survival. God does not expect us to live or do anything in the absence of it.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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