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Food for Your Soul

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

It’s hard to believe after a day like Thanksgiving that there are people in this world who are hungry – starving. So much food at one time, so much to be grateful for, so much wasted. Can those who have never gone without truly understand what it’s like to be without? And yet, those with less can often have so much more.

Have you noticed how many fillers and preservatives are in food today? Even the vegetables and fruits come in organic and what, not natural? It’s not just the foods that are canned and boxed, the ones we expect to last forever (I think Twinkies are the only things that really last forever!), it’s the food that comes from the earth, the life God created, that we think we need to manipulate to make better. Hormones, radiation, and pesticides fill our grocery stores. We are told they are safe, and I’m not arguing that, but at times I wonder what all we’ve bought into for the sake of convenience.

While the world offers us many things that are good for us, food for instance, God’s Word fills us and satisfies something inside of us the world never can. God’s Word has no filler, no preservatives, and no extras needed to make it taste better. It is perfect just the way it is. When we read God’s Word, it seeps into our hearts and souls and strengthens us. It provides every nutrient we need in building up the body of believers. In Hebrews, the author writes:

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”  Hebrews 5:13-14

Milk for infants is being compared to the elementary truths of God’s Word, the basics. Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins; all who trust and believe will be saved. There are some aspects of God’s Word that are easy for us to process and we joyfully quote, memorize, and post on our mirrors. Sometimes, this is as far as it goes…it’s convenient.

But solid food, the meat and potatoes…and vegetables, of God’s Word goes deeper. As we read the Bible, we grow in our faith, we become more mature. We are better able to understand and handle the deeper issues God addresses concerning the lives of His people and the world. We are better able to discern how we should live and conduct ourselves. We grow in the ability to distinguish the truth of God’s Word from what the world would have us believe as truth.

At some point, we become teachers of the Word, whether it’s through our words, actions or deeds and whether we realize it or not. We need to be sure that what we teach lines up with what His Word says.

Something to Consider…

Do you settle for easy and convenient when it comes to God and His Word? Is there an issue or area of your life God is asking you to go deeper? Maybe God is asking you to help meet the physical needs of others. Seek God’s truth, be open to what He has to say and understand if there is a next step you need to take.

God’s Word and love for us satisfy in a way food and the conveniences of this world never will.

All We Need!

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

How do you compare a woman to a merchant ship and not offend her? The first thought that comes to mind is that it is huge!!! It is like a work horse. It carries the weight of the cargo, workers, and supplies all on its own. It travels long distances with no rest. No woman wants to be compared to a merchant ship!

And yet the Bible does just that. The advice to a son is that a woman who is like a merchant ship is a good thing. Why?

“She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.” Proverbs 31:14 (NIV)

Considering my original thoughts, someone comes to mind who is strong, resourceful, capable, and well prepared for whatever comes her way. Another woman explained how she imagined a merchant ship to be exotic, unique and exquisite. She now sounds practical, beautiful and adventurous! Wow! Maybe it’s not so bad to be compared to a merchant ship.

Do you wonder, “Is this me? Am I all these things?” These are questions that have often, too often gone through my mind. Do any of them sound familiar?

  • Sometimes I’m weak and I don’t want to deal with things or I just break down and cry.
  • Sometimes I don’t know how I’m going to do what needs to be done.
  • Where am I going to find the time that I need?
  • Do I know and understand enough about what I’m trying to accomplish or what someone else expects me to be able to accomplish?
  • Am I ready when I need to be ready?
  • Have I done everything in my power to be ready?

There are times in life when these questions can cause us to get wound up and shut down. There is just too much to think about, too much to do, too much to manage.

“Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time — pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (MSG)

The truth is we are called to do what God wants us to do; nothing more, nothing less. He gives us what we need when we need it. He gives us more than we can ever imagine. When we give ourselves freely to Jesus, we bring Him honor and He honors us as well, providing all we need.

Do you trust Him to give you what you need? Provide for you the resources, the opportunities, and the desire to accomplish what He has called you to do? Through Christ we have all we need.

Something to Consider…

When you feel like the activities, obligations, or situations you find yourself in are too much for you, where do you go? Who or what do you turn to? Ask God to show you anything you are doing that He has not called you to do. Ask the Holy Spirit to come into those situations or activities He does want you involved with and give you His strength to accomplish all He asks. Write a prayer of thanksgiving for His provision, strength and guidance in all situations.