“When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty” ~ Jeremiah 15:16.
Have you ever craved a specific food so badly that you stopped whatever you were doing to get it, even if you had to go shopping? After eating it, did your craving diminish? I believe it is safe to say everyone has heard the term “soul food;” which is often used as comfort food. For example, in addition to being delicious it comforts us when depressed, bored, lonely, idle or seeing it in commercials.
I lived in Montgomery, Alabama for 40 years before relocating to Florida in 2008; and one of the things I missed was delicious mouth-watering well-seasoned soul food even though yielding never satisfied my craving.
In the course of working with many engineers throughout my 32-year career, I communicated with hundreds, if not thousands, of out-of-state contractors who provide design and construction services. As I was writing this blog, some of them crossed my mind. Why? The majority of them would ask me “Are there any good soul food restaurants around here?” Of course, when living in Montgomery I easily answered the question. Yes! Many! Perhaps most of us think of soul food, or food in general, in the context of providing energy to sustain our bodies. Honestly, I really never thought about it any other way until recently.
Finally realizing that it was not body that was hungry, but it was my soul that craved more of God’s word. The more we mature in spiritual knowledge and understand biblical meaning of scriptures our mindset change from fleshlessness to a spiritual mindset seeing from a spiritual perspective. The importance of the conclusion is not providing the body food to sustain life on earth but to fear God and keep His commandments and feed my soul with His word in preparation for Judgment and to save myself from this untoward generation. “We are not to live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the God do man live” ~ Deuteronomy 8:3 and Matthew 4:4. After we have been converted, we are commanded to evangelize and teach others the way to the SON light.
A well-known scripture reference the Bereans being noble and received the message with great eagerness and they examined scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true. Unfortunately, some Christians have examined the scriptures to find it to be true but desires of the flesh caused them to forsake the Lord and the Church for secular success that have caused some lives to be in turmoil. When this happens, one cannot see clearly because perception can be distorted making it difficult to keep things in godly perspective. We read in II Peter 2:21-22, “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” For what will we exchange our soul?
The matter at hand is eating God’s soul food which include setting aside time daily to pray and meditate on scripture, obeying biblical commandments, eating the fruit of the Spirit such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, forgiveness, selflessness, and honesty. Additionally, to help us walk daily in the Spirit, we need to continue eating the word of the one living God for growth in knowledge, understanding, grace and wisdom.
According to John 6:33-35 “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” Gluttony of God’s Word is very much need in our lives, and we should never be ashamed of over consuming and indulging in His Word.
“A Christian woman who remains steadfast in the faith win the prize when she obeys commandments of God” ~ Tangie T. Woods