Feeding Our Soul
Have you ever considered how interesting it is that we have to eat and drink so often to stay satisfied? We can’t go very long without the overwhelming desire for food and water. We’re designed by God to be fed. When I read stories of people who have gone days without water or even weeks without food, it is actually hard for me to even fathom it. It makes me hungry and thirsty just thinking about it!
Just like our physical bodies need to be fed often, so does our spirit. Our soul craves communion with our Creator. Starving it is perhaps even more devastating than starving our physical body as the consequences can lead to sin, worry, stress, depression, destructive choices, accepting false teaching/doctrine, and even turning aside from the faith. A famished soul often ends up harming the physical body.
The Psalmist writes in Psalm 63:1: “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”
So how do we feed our souls? Naturally, Jesus had the remedy: But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
And Peter writes, “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2)
The Word of God, the Bible, Scripture… it is the main course of our spiritual meal. Reading and studying God’s Word refuels us, gives us strength and energy, empowers us to do His work, and helps us grow into mature believers. The supper for our soul must also include prayer where we praise Him, intercede for others, repent of sin, seek His will, and patiently listen for His soft voice. Regular, well-balanced spiritual meals will nourish us in ways we cannot imagine or understand.
We really can’t ever get full of the food God serves; our spiritual appetite is only limited by our obedience and commitment to feeding it. This weekend, let’s have a feast at the King’s table! Eat extravagantly of the rich, nourishing spiritual food God offers through His Word and dedicated communion with Him in prayer.