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Bread to Eat

Daily Devotional for February 25, 2018

Read: Psalm 119:33-40; Matthew 4:4

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"Hi, Grandpa," called Philip as he and Abigail ran up the porch steps to their grandpa's house.

"Hi, yourself," answered Grandpa with a grin. "What are you up to today?"

"We got behind in learning our verses for Bible club," said Abigail, "so we have to learn a whole bunch of them today. Mom said we could take a break and come over here for a while."

"Yeah," said Philip. "I just don't see how I'm going to remember all those verses."

Grandpa smiled. "Do you know your locker combination?" he asked. "And what about your address? Aren't they hard to remember?"

Philip shook his head. "They're easy to remember because I use them all the time."

"I see," said Grandpa. "In other words, we remember what we use in everyday life." He sniffed the air. "Mmmm...I smell fresh bread!"

Abigail opened the sack she was carrying. "Mom sent this loaf for you," she said.

"How nice!" Grandpa took the bread and set it on the table next to the lamp. "It looks good there, don't you think?" He sat down on the sofa and looked at the bread.

Philip stared at him. "You're not going to leave it there, are you?"

Grandpa smiled and shrugged. "What else should I do with it?"

Abigail threw up her hands. "Eat it, of course! Just letting it sit there isn't going to do you any good."

Grandpa nodded. "I agree. Bread doesn't do us any good if it's left on the table--and the Bible doesn't do us any good if it's left on the bookshelf! I'll eat this bread and get energy from it, and if you regularly eat' God's Word--if you read it and apply it to your life--it will help you grow in your relationship with Jesus. So keep learning those verses! The more you think about them and apply them to your everyday life, the easier they'll be to remember."

"Okay, Grandpa," said Philip. "We'll keep eating' God's Word and ask Him to use it to help us grow."

"Good." Grandpa picked up the loaf. "And now, I'm going to eat some of your mother's bread, and it will help me grow--around my middle!" He patted his stomach, and they all laughed. Jan. L Hansen

Where is your spiritual “bread”? Are you “eating” it—or is it just lying on a shelf? If you haven’t been reading the Bible, why not start now? You can begin with the suggested verses at the top of this page. Ask God to give you encouragement and direction as you think about what you read in His Word and apply it to your life. Then trust Him to use it to help you grow.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Psalm 119:133 (KJV)
Direct my steps by Your word. (NKJV)

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