Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Eating Right (Part 10: What Food Is)
Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11 (NKJV)
To enter into a right relationship with food, Christians must understand what food is and what it is not.
What food is:
1) Food is health: 'Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers' (3 John 1:2). Wholesome and diverse foods from God's pantry bring vitality.
2) Food is strength: 'So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights' (1 Kings 19:8). We become the strength of the food we eat.
3) Food is celebration: 'And they were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their brethren had prepared for them... provisions of flour and cakes of figs and cakes of raisins, wine and oil and oxen and sheep abundantly, for there was joy in Israel' (1 Chronicles 12:39-40).
4) Food is provision: 'Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine' (Genesis 41:36).
5) Food is mercy: 'I was hungry and you gave Me food' (Matthew 25:35). Food is a universal language. Giving gifts of food to those in mourning, in isolation, or in need is a gift to God.
6) Food is communion: 'All ate the same spiritual food' (1 Corinthians 10:3). 'So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart' (Acts 2:46). 'And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take, eat; this is My body' ' (Matthew 26:26).
7) Food is the Word of God: 'Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart' (Jeremiah 15:16). 'How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth' (Psalm 119:103).
Consider a jaw-dropping truth the world does not know: Physical food and spiritual food are one. 'And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life' ' (John 6:35). God programmed our regular need to feed that we might feed on Him--and with Him; to create moments of frequent communion.
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me' (Revelation 3:20).
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Eating Right series.