I wonder if God sometimes looks at our behavior with disgust. He's provided us with the spiritual nourishment we need and yet we choose to dig in the garbage can of self-help books, romance novels, TV talk shows, sexually explicit movies, God-bashing music, and prosperity-Gospel preachers to feed our soul. How this must sadden His heart. I've been guilty also. I have the Bread of Life. How dare I consider eating the husks the world has to offer? All my hunger pangs will vanish when I feast on the spiritual food. Yet I choose to wander away from the Father's house to pick through the leftovers on the floor.
Note to self:
- It takes effort to make God's Word a priority in my life. It goes against my sinful nature. I must make it a priority by refusing to sit down and enjoy my music/TV show/morning walk/current book until I've consumed some of His Word.
- Nothing but the Bread of Life will satisfy my hungry soul. I must daily return to feast on the gourmet buffet God has provided. I must not let it sit undevoured.
- If it's a temptation, avoid it. Stay away from the places that offer the empty husks of the world. If I know a TV show will enthrall me for the next hour and I haven't taken time to feast on God's Word that day, I should keep the TV off. I must avoid the "junk food."
- Don't settle for milk, if steak and potatoes are an option. I must use the tools God has provided to grow in my faith: a concordance, online study helps, a spiritual mentor, a God-fearing husband.
"Jesus then said to them, 'Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always.' Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." John 6:32-35Where have you been feasting today?