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True food is doing God’s will

Cover of Miller’s Morning Thoughts for Every Day in the Year

Today's Devotional

My food is to do the will of him who sent me—John 4:34 (ESV).

The life finds its true food in doing the will of God. Jesus taught the same truth in his answer when tempted to make stones into bread. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone” [Matthew 4:4].

The disciples had left him hungry by a well. They came back and found him not needing food, and he explained it by saying, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” He had been feeding a starving soul, and that had fed his own hunger.

The secret of a well-nourished spiritual life is obedience and service. Sin never satisfies, for it is disobedience. Selfishness never satisfies, for only he who loves lives, and love seeks not its own, but always the other person’s. If we do the will of God we shall find food for our souls in every obedience and every sacrifice of love. If we would learn the secret of living without weariness, we must learn to do the will of God. This is the hidden manna which nourishes all who eat of it.

About the author and the source

J. R. (James Russell) Miller (1840–1912) was a Christian author and editor, and pastored various Presbyterian churches. 

J. R. Miller. Morning Thoughts for Every Day in the Year. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell and Co., 1907.

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