Sometimes we humans forget that Jesus is God the Son, the second person of the Godhead and has been present throughout human history. He was present when Israel was tested in the wilderness and when they failed the test.
In Exodus 16, Israel became hungry and rebelled against God not only by complaining of hunger but also by expressing their regret that they could not immediately return to Egypt. Israel would continue to complain about food and water and continue to rebel. It is simply amazing God kept leading them and saving their lives after all of their rebellion.
In Deuteronomy 8:3, God reminded Israel how it should have learned the lesson he tried to teach them that “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
If that passage sounds familiar to New Testament students, it should. It is part of the temptation Jesus suffered after he fasted 40-days and 40-nights. Satan, knowing how hungry Jesus was suggested to him, “If you are the son of God command these stones be made bread,” (Matthew 4:3).
In Jesus, however, Satan had not just a human being suffering from hunger. He had the Son of God who led Israel through the wilderness and provided them with food and drink and said in that passage of Deuteronomy, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” Jesus would also say, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to accomplish his work,” (John 4:34).
What is the meat of your life? We live each day showing God our number one priority whether we realize it or not. In your life what is most important? Ah, sometimes we’re not as far removed from the travails of Israel in the wilderness as we might think, are we?
Make a change. Start putting God first in your life and become the kind of person who can say, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me and to accomplish his work.”