My neighbor’s garden, of which I am “caretaker,” is offering an abundant crop of raspberries, one of my favorite fruits. Red, juicy, succulent—they make my mouth happy as a pup with a bone.
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
A feast of goodness
“I’m hungry!” I shouted after a long day at school. What’s a mother to do but feed her “starving” teenager? As soon as she heard the school bus, she cringed, knowing I would practically inhale one of her freshly-baked loaves of bread. Mom’s supply of oranges in the fridge also dwindled about as fast as our barn cats’ bowl of fresh milk. No matter that supper came in just two hours, Mom knew I would deplete that meal as fast as my after-school snack.
Food is taken not only to fill our stomachs, but as a way to interact and relax with others. We enjoy a good meal or snack while visiting, while watching a movie, even while holding a formal meeting. Certain foods become part of our traditions. Think Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve buffet, or an after-church Easter meal of ham or lamb. The best meals, of course, include all the essentials needed for healthy physical growth—protein, carbs, vitamins, minerals, and some fat.
We know that good food, and its presentation, also contributes to our emotional and mental health. Wise parents insist their children be present at dinner when possible, allow no arguing during a meal, and forbid the use of cell phones and other techno devices at the table. This results in relaxation, emotional closeness, respect, and enjoyment.
We can compare God’s Word with food. Full of needed spiritual nourishment, it has many benefits. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16) The Bible also tells us that it is “living and powerful.” (Hebrews 4:12) It penetrates as with a double-edged sword to the innermost parts of us and is able to discern our thoughts and intentions. Many skeptics and atheists have read the Word in an effort to prove its errors and have been drawn to Christ’s salvation during their study.
David wrote that God’s Word is “sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103) It provides moral and spiritual light, convicts us when we sin, encourages us when we falter, promises peace when we’re anxious, and inspires faith. Whether we’re spiritual babes, teenagers, or mature believers, His Word offers a veritable feast of goodness.
Lord, thank You for Your life-giving, life-sustaining Word. May we always hunger for it, knowing we will be filled. In Jesus’ name, amen.