Are You a Glutton for God?

I don't know about you, but I've been on more diets than Carter has little pills. (Do they even make Carter's Little Pills anymore? And if you know what I'm referring to, I won't talk about how old we are if you won't!)

My problem is that I LOVE food! I can't stay away from it! I think about food constantly - a dessert recipe I want to try, a new dish I want to cook, and what to plant in my garden and what kind of meals I can prepare with the harvest. (By the way, is there anything you can do with radishes besides slice them up in a salad? I'm desperate here! I think I'm going to be overrun with radishes from the garden!)

Gluttony can be defined as an insatiable appetite for food, liquor, or anything else that consumes our minds and daily activities. It's a perversion of natural appetites that God has given us. And yet, when it comes to partaking of spiritual food, we can be downright anorexic.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:6, "How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! For they will be filled."  The psalmist declares in Psalms 42:1-2, "Just as the deer longs for running streams, God, I long for you. I am thirsty for God, for the living God!" And David tells us in Psalms 19 that the Word of God is sweeter than honey from the honeycomb.

Unlike the food we eat to fuel our bodies, we can never overindulge on the Word of God. We can never get fat and drowsy by meditating on God's instruction book for life. Consider Psalm 119, in particular verses 97-104: "How I love your Torah! I meditate on it all day. I am wiser than my foes, because your mitzvot [commandments] are mine forever....From your precepts I gain understanding."  Or verse 114 of the same chapter: "I put my hope in your word."

While we can cultivate attitudes and actions that can make us so heavenly minded that we're no earthly good, reading and feeding on the Word of God is not one of them! Psalm 119:165 says, "Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble." God's Word is our anchor in this tumultuous sea we call "life," for without it we're simply tossed back and forth by the capricous winds of the enemy. We are to "rise before dawn and cry for help..." because, as David states in the latter part of the verse, "I put my hope in your word." (Psalm 119:147)

The Bible isn't some little book of sayings that, if and when we have time, we should glance through. It is the very meat and nourishment of our faith, without which we have not a glimmer of hope. How can we know what is right or true, or make sound judgements about any aspect of our lives, if we don't know what God has to say about it? Sometimes we're more disciplined about reading the instruction manual for the television's remote control than we are about reading the "instruction manual" for living our faith!

I am the worst of offenders, and I admit it. But I can tell when I've been lax in reading my Bible and praying. My life gets out of kilter, I feel depleted and washed out, I can't concentrate on what is truly important, and I stumble and fall regularly as a result of bad attitudes and stupid actions. Why shouldn't I suffer all these things? I'm literally starving myself when I ignore my time with God! My spiritual body cannot maintain its strength and viability if I refuse to feed it.

Let's commit to becoming gluttons for God. Let's get into His word and stuff ourselves full and then continue eating. Let's become obsessed with His laws and wishes for our lives. Let's stand on the cliff and jump headfirst into the Living Waters.

I pray that I never become full or satiated with His Word. I pray that I am always hungry and thirsty for His righteousness. I will remember that His compassions are new every morning and His faithfulness is great. "I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'" (Lamentations 3:24)

Enjoy the feast!


Rita's Random Ramblings said...

I SO relate to an over zealous relationship with food. I love your segue into our appetite for God’s Word. I pray for an insatiable appetite for His Word!

Hugs, Rita

Pat said...

Awesome Hanne! And so relevant!

Hugs, girl