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
Upon arriving home from work, my husband will often walk through the door and head straight to the pantry or the fridge claiming that he’s “starving.” It always makes me laugh because he owns a restaurant! He has total access to the most yummy chicken made in America (not to mention the waffle fries and milkshakes) yet he will go through an entire day surrounded by food and forget to eat! When I ask him why he didn’t grab something while he was working his reasons are usually that he was too busy or he got distracted. Thankfully, he is not nearly as grumpy as I am when I don’t eat.
When I skip a meal I get very irritated. My blood sugar drops, I feel lightheaded and I can’t think straight. I feel weak, I have very little tolerance and I am not a lot of fun to be around. My husband has come to recognize the symptoms and will say, “Feed it!” indicating that I am acting like a monster. Once I get something nutritious to eat I become a much nicer person.
Sometimes we go through periods of life when we feel like we are dry and shriveling up spiritually and can’t think straight. We have access to life giving sustaining spiritual nutrition at our fingertips but because we are busy or distracted we don’t eat!
These days there are so many ways that we can feed ourselves the word of God. There are devotionals and bible reading emails you can have sent right to your inbox. There are podcasts to listen to on our drive to work in addition to the good old fashioned paper copy of the Bible that we could and should pick up each morning (preferably before we start our day.) We really have no excuse.
This is not intended to be a guilt trip, I promise, but we if we want to grow (and not become grumpy and irritated) we need to eat!
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight ~ Jeremiah 15:16