All You Can Eat: No Restrictions

My children will not invite me to a buffet restaurant these days, because I don’t eat enough to justify their costs. As I watch them eat, I am amazed that I raised such gluttons. I mean, they can eat! The problem for me is not that I don’t like to eat, because I do, but when confronted with so much choice, I am tempted to eat a little of everything. So, to be safe, I only eat one plate of meat and vegetables, including salad, and one dessert. It drives my children bonkers! “Eat up!” “Try this, Grandma!” “Aren’t you still hungry?”  I try to eat sparingly, mainly because I am a diabetic, so I have to be careful! For my physical health, I have to show restraint, which is not easy. So, you can imagine how happy I am that for my spiritual health, I can eat all I want with no restrictions.

I know that my spiritual health is just as important as my physical health, and to be sure that I am keeping my heart, mind, and soul strong, I remember the words that a hungry Jesus said to Satan, who was trying to tempt Him to turn stones to bread if He were truly the Son of God. Jesus said, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” For me, that means that to live as God requires of me, I need to feast on all of God’s words, and that I can eat of them until I am filled, just as the children of Israel did the manna from heaven that God sent for their survival (Deuteronomy 8: 3).

The prophet Ezekiel tells of when God told him to open his mouth and eat of the scroll filled with the words God wanted him to speak to the children of Israel. Ezekiel 3:1-2 states,” So I opened my mouth, and he fed me the scroll. ‘Son of man,’ he said to me, ‘feed your stomach and fill your belly with this scroll I am giving you.’ So, I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.”  Likewise, Jeremiah states in Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were found and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I bear your name, O Lord.”  Lastly, John tells us in Revelation 10:8-11 that God instructed him to take the little scroll from the angel and eat it, stating that it would be bitter in his stomach, but as sweet as honey in his mouth. They told him that he must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.

If we are to deliver God’s messages to a hungry and thirsty world, we must know them, and thankfully he has made them palatable to us. Sometimes they are not pleasant to read, but the knowledge of them constantly reminds us of His goodness in the land of the living. But more important to me than how they taste is how good they are for me. Paul in Second Timothy 3:16 reminds us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true, and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”

Our spiritual health requires a daily helping of God’s words, to keep us strengthened by His words and to allow us to come into His presence every day. So, come on! Eat up! Get your fill! No restrictions on what you can eat or how much you can eat! No dieting here! Not only will we become spiritually healthy, but when we eat of his words, we have the words to speak that lead others to accept His invitation to His bountiful buffet which leads to eternal life. There’s no greater invitation out there today!

Dear Heavenly Father,

     Thank you for the words of life that are found in the Bible. Sometimes they convict me, making me aware that there are areas in my life that I need to work on, especially how quick I am to speak and how slow I am to listen. But, when I read the Psalms, I know what Ezekiel and others mean by the words being sweet to their mouths, for I feel such sweetness in my heart, a lightness that helps me get through my days. Thank you that every word helps me grow, and thank you, Holy Spirit for the understanding, wisdom, and knowledge that helps me teach others. I am fascinated by Your words, O Lord, so I will keep partaking of them. In Jesus’s Name, inspire our hearts to read Your word each day. Amen. O Lord, I pray.

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