“If our relationship and time spent seeking and being with our Lord is always to see what we can get, then it is not true heart response to the love we so freely are given. And it is not a response that is influenced or inspired by the Holy Spirit.”
40. What is on the Menu?
What am I feasting on today?
I have been looking at this question as it would pertain to food for my stomach rather than food for my soul, and doing so has made it be a difficult question. For I have had an unhealthy relationship with food for most of my life. I used it for comfort and stress reduction, thus in times of stress I over ate to the extreme.
However several years ago I began using a calorie and nutrition tracking app because I needed to loose weight if I wanted to stay mobile and able to do simple things, like not ever getting stuck on a public toilet for starters. This happened to someone I know, the fire department had to come and rescue her, yikes!
Anyway, as I tracked and measured it became apparent that there were particular activities that induced stress eating and knowledge is power. For with awareness mitigation can ensue, and I have managed to loose many many pounds so far.
Also what I consider most valuable for a lifetime of health, is to have garnered the ability to easily have a nutritionally balanced diet that is delicious, not at all skimpy, while still being calorie appropriate.
I am not on a diet, diets of only eat this, or only avoid that, don’t work for me. Instead I put in the effort over the last several years of learning how many calories are in what I like to eat, and learning to be able to eyeball the serving size that will give me satisfaction. I eat a lot and I am never hungry, which for me is a must. I truly dislike being hangry.
So back to the original question. What am I feasting through today? How am I watering my soul?
Well let me see: books, sermons, studies, and of course the Word of the Lord my Bible. I am truly blessed to be able to spend a couple of hours each morning satiating myself in the pursuit of knowledge of the Almighty. Intertwined in this feast is a delicious prayer time of communion with the Lord.
So sweet, so lovely, such a gift; the icing on the cake of my salvation.
‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever, Amen.”
“Speak therefore. Lord, for Your servant listens, “Thou hast the words of eternal life.” Speak to me for the comfort of my soul and for the amendment of my life, for Your praise, Your glory, and Your everlasting honor.”
Thomas a Kempis
“Let the water flow beneath the bridge; let men be men, that is to say, weak, vain, inconstant, unjust, false, and presumptuous; let the world be the world still; you cannot prevent it.
Let every one follow his own inclination and habits; you cannot recast them, and the best course is, to let them be as they are and bear with them.
Do not think it strange when you witness unreasonableness and injustice; rest in peace in the bosom of God; He sees it all more clearly than you do, and yet permits it.
Be content to do quietly and gently what it becomes you to do, and let everything else be to you as though it were not.”
They soon forgot His works;
They did not wait for His counsel,
But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness,
And tested God in the desert.
And He gave them their request,
But sent leanness into their soul.
I had always been uncomfortable with this passage, but the reading today in MacArthur’s commentary illuminated a wonderful meaning I had not seen before.
“The woman’s faith was not great because it was stronger or more sincere or mature than the faith of many Jews who believed in Christ but because it was based on so little light.
I am looking forward to tomorrow as I begin reading through the expansion of each of the five qualities of great faith.
what we know not, teach us;
what we have not, give us;
what we are not, make us.
For Your Son’s sake.
“The greatest stumbling block to salvation has always been lack of acceptance and belief of the gospel, not lack of understanding it. It is precisely when the gospel is clearest – as when it is taught by Jesus Himself – that it is also likely to be the most unacceptable.”
I need to remember that people are not rejecting me, they are rejecting Jesus, and continue to press on in the cause of Christ.
“Glory in His holy name!
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!”