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October 18, 2013

TISCIONE: The great provider

By LOU TISCIONE

“And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

These are the words of God spoken by Moses to the people of God in the wilderness.

The uncertainty and deep anxiety of many as a result of our economic situation, particularly our government shutdown, have led me to think of the most basic element of our need and the only one who provides it. Man’s most basic need is life and the only one who provides it is God.

Jesus, who is the Incarnate Word, quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 to Satan during His temptation in the wilderness. (Matthew 4:4) Satan sought to tempt Jesus by drawing His attention to His physical needs. As you may recall, Jesus fasted for 40 days before meeting Satan. Satan challenged the fact of Jesus’ divinity. The challenge “If you are the Son of God …” (Matthew 4:3) was met with Jesus’ reminder to Satan that there is something much more basic than physical needs. Jesus told Satan and reminded all of us that man’s very existence depends upon the word of God.

A few basic observations may help put a right perspective on adversity, especially the current uncertainty of economic distress caused by our government’s recent shutdown.

God’s word in Deuteronomy was designed by Him to comfort and teach His people. God humbled His people so that they would know an important fact. The fact is the universal truth that mankind exists by God’s word. There is no life possible apart from the word of God. The plain truth is that because God is – we are! All life proceeds from Him. The Apostle Paul told the philosophers in Athens that all mankind lives and moves and have being (existence) in Jesus.

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