Have you had any food yet today? If not, do you plan to eat soon?
If we were talking about physical food here, I’m guessing your answer to at least one of those questions would be yes. It’s not uncommon to skip a meal every now and then, but not eating at all over the course of a day? Unlikely.
What about spiritual food? Have you fed on the Word of God yet today? Scripture is to the soul as food is to the body. Our souls need it. They starve without it.
Nobody forgets this when it comes to physical food. No one goes through their day, or their week, thinking, “No need to eat today! I had that snack last Tuesday.” That’s crazy talk. Of course that snack isn’t going to keep you nourished the next day, or several days afterward. And yet, when it comes to spiritual food, it’s far too normal to live in a consistent state of starvation.
As a teenager, one of the greatest hindrances to my spiritual growth was that I constantly depended on food from the past to meet my present needs. I had memorized verses in the past, heard plenty of Bible stories and sermons, even read through the whole Bible on my own, and because of those past meals, my commitment to eating good, spiritual food in the present was severely lacking. Even in times when I did read Scripture daily, I assumed that the morning meal of God’s Word meant there was no need for lunch or dinner meals, no need to be constantly thinking upon Scripture and renewing my mind all throughout the day. I was so wrong.
Every one of us is a sinner with natural impulses to sin. We’re prone to selfishness, and as such prone to anti-God thinking and behavior. But when we feast on Scripture, our focus is taken off ourselves and rightly placed on God, where it needs to be. This focus-shift is needed every day, many times a day, which is why eating spiritual food is so important.
Our bodies typically tell us when they need to be fed, and the same is true of our souls. When we’re discontented, when our joy is gone, when complaints abound in our minds, when we doubt God’s promises or forget them altogether, these can all be indicators that our souls need feeding.
Your words were found, and I ate them,
and your words became to me a joy
and the delight of my heart – Jeremiah 15:16
His Word is the best of food. Taste it, savor it, and feast; keep coming back for more.
While God is faithful to change hearts and minds in the lives of His children, we also understand that change is a process, and often times far from simplistic or quick. Habits of life and thinking tend to change over time as the Holy Spirit works in hearts. This process of change is called “progressive sanctification.” It can be helpful and sometimes necessary to seek help from other Christians who can faithfully lead and walk with us, providing biblical encouragement and instruction along the way for the implementation of God-honoring, Christ-centered change. If you are struggling with life’s challenges, we would encourage you to seek help from your pastor, a godly friend, or a biblical counselor who is committed to seeking answers from God’s Word. To find a biblical counselor you can contact us or visit biblicalcounseling.com to find a counselor in your area.
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Ryan loves calling Texas his home. He met his wife Jessica at Grace Bible Fellowship Church, where he serves on staff and is a counselor for Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries. Since 2013 he has been a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and in May 2015 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a B.S. in Ministry Leadership.