The Bread of Life

The following devotional is taken from the devotional book Comfort in the Storm: Devotions for the Chemically Sensitive by Janine Ridings. (Comfort in the Storm contains a total of 94 devotionals)

It is written: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

For many years, Mary Russell enjoyed a thriving career in the banking industry. In her spare time Mary enjoyed golf, tennis, skiing, photography and painting. In addition, she traveled abroad to places such as Egypt, Europe, Hong Kong, and Thailand. In the early ‘80s, however, Mary’s life began to change as she began to experience some unexplained health problems. Over the next few years, she gradually became aware that things such as natural gas, car exhaust, tap water, and formaldehyde were making her sick.

In 1985, Mary saw a flyer at a health food store about environmental illness, which led her to see a physician who specialized in the field. It was then that Mary finally realized that she was chemically sensitive. Since that time, her health has deteriorated to the point where she is severely restricted as to the places she can go. It’s been over fifteen years since Mary has been able to enjoy going to the movies, the opera, or even restaurants, as going to these places poses too great of a risk of chemical exposure for her.

Because of all the restrictions MCS has placed on Mary’s life, it has forced her to reorder her priorities—faith, family, and friends are now what are most important to her. Having been stripped of so many of the pleasures she once enjoyed, Mary now chooses to spend a good deal of her time reading God’s Word. In the last couple years Mary has read the whole Bible through from cover to cover. She is currently in the process of reading it in its entirety for the second time. These days, Mary seeks spiritual nourishment from God’s Word.

John 6:35 says: “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” In this verse, Jesus refers to Himself as the “Bread of Life.” He says that anyone who comes to Him would never be hungry again. What He is referring to here is not physical hunger but spiritual hunger. If we commit our life to Jesus, then He promises our spiritual hunger will be satisfied. As a result, we will not need to look for satisfaction anywhere except through our relationship with Christ.

Psalm 119:71 says: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Mary feels that the Lord used her affliction with MCS as a catalyst to bring her close to Him. Through contacts made at her physician’s office, she slowly became aware of her need to get to know God better. She says that sometimes her faith is the only thing that gets her through the day. Like Mary, many of us have also drawn closer to the Lord through our affliction with MCS.

This week, let’s remember to thank the Lord for the good that He is doing in our hearts through our trials with MCS. Let’s look to the “Bread of Life” to satisfy our deepest needs.


Categories Comfort In the Storm Devotionals | Tags: | Posted on November 13, 2011

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