A common expression to describe extreme conditions of poverty is “bread and water.” Prisoners in solitary confinement have sometimes been given nothing more than that. Monks in their ascetic zeal have sometimes limited their diet to that. Bread and water is not very nourishing. Spiritually, though, it is all we need. Jesus is the bread of life and the water of life. He’s all we need.
–See: John 4:10-14; John 6:32-35, John 6:48-51, John 6:58
“As it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit …” (1 Cor. 2:9, 10).
His parents had sent the young boy to Florida to spend the winter, but he was disgusted with the area of Florida he had been in. Then a few months later he met a botanist who kindled the boy’s interest in his favorite study. The boy became fascinated with the orchid and its strange life. Looking at the orchids in the greenhouse one day, the botanist said enthusiastically: “You should see them in Florida, they are much better there; but these will give you some idea.” The boy looked at him in amazement. “I have been in Florida,” he said, “but I never noticed any of them.” “Perhaps you did not look for them,” answered his friend, “but they will not escape you the next time.”
That is the way it often is with the Bible. A person sees no beauty in it, but the Holy Spirit is ready to open the eyes of our understanding, and to teach us. It may be by some sermon or book which will lift a truth out of its hiding place and give it an application to our life which it never seemed to have before.