Live to Eat or Eat to Live?

Proverbs 19:27 “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.”

You are what you eat. We have heard such statements and pass right by. But have you ever considered the fact that what you and I hear, what you and I see, what we meditate and muse within our minds is what we will become?

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”

Much of the evidence of America’s eating habits are worn on the waistlines of its people. We are overweight and by much of the inactivity of our youth, they too, will follow in these steps as well. But this blog is not meant to be a place to air preferences, prejudices and opinions about worldly woes, it is for the Word of God to be lifted up in such a way as to feed the soul.

Metaphorically then, what I take into my mind is ‘eating’ as well. If you think on the last 24-48 hours, on what kind of ‘diet’ are we on? Please, consider carefully what you bring into focus. All things are to be considered. The face you saw in the mirror when first waking. The music, news, traffic, conversations or silence that filled your morning. What things crossed your mind throughout the day. The television programs, movies, books and internet searches that all passed before your eyes are to be considered as well.

Words both spoken and heard; music and it’s message and what it spoke to our hearts. Images and the thoughts they incited: both in my spirit and my flesh. Emotions and associated memories. All are just some of the subtle influences of the ‘diet’ of our mind.

Can I ask, did God’s Word have its rightful place? When you read, was it to complete a track of a reading schedule or was it to hear the very voice of the One who wrote it? Was prayer a priority or a quick remembrance before your meal? Was there a thought that God placed upon your heart, a verse to memorize or possibly repentance of a particular sin? Did you learn something new about the God who saved your soul from an eternal Hell?

Was what you ate sweet to the taste or so bitter that left unattended, it began to flow over into other relationships and defile them as well? Do you feel held in the bondage and stronghold of depression, or anger? Or did criticism rule your thoughts? Did such negative and critical thoughts overtake and overwhelm you soul that though it was light outside, you felt in the dark?

Jesus said:

John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Abundant life. We often envy that which we feel we cannot have or feel we do not deserve to have. Jesus said that that abundant life is for anyone and everyone who comes to Him.

Thirsty for God?

Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”

Does your desire for God keep you up at night?

Isaiah 26:9 “With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.”

In America, we throw away 30-40% of the food we prepare. That alone is enough to feed much of the world! But did you ever consider the leanness of the soul of every Christian? We, quite literally, have a buffet laid before us every morning and we race into our day starving. My Heavenly Father has prepared for me all that I need to make it through my day as a conqueror; a victorious child of God.

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

We want God to fit into our drive-thru mentality. Order given and meal served in 5 short minutes. If we could just get people and families to return to the dinner table. Prepared carefully, that dinner table can be so much more than a place to take in a meal – it can be a portal to learning more about each other and about God; a place to share ideas, and heartfelt communication.

Using the illustration that our morning devotions is a meal as well, I have found that taking the time to shut out the voices of this world – turning off the email notifications; silencing the ringer and turning my phone face down allows me to control my environment and allows God’s voice to be heard. I can then, focus on the meal at hand.

Realizing and recognizing the need for God in my everyday life creates the thirst; knowing that there is no way I can ever do what God wants and desires of me without Him. But I must also remind myself that there are storms that only He can see on the horizon and my only preparation is to abide in Him.

Carve out the time needed to truly feed yourself properly on God’s Word. Eat and drink to the full and you will find that your thirst for Him every morning becomes a hunger that only He can satisfy.

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