Now It's Time to Really Start Feasting
John 6:27 “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you…”
We’ve just completed a time of feasting —and I have enjoyed it! From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day most of our gatherings revolve around food, whether it be simple meals or abundant feasts, or the opportunity to feed people without, food plays a central part of our celebrations.
So now the dieting begins. We’re consumed with dieting and worrying about what we eat. You can hardly pick up a magazine or turn on the television without confronting your dietary intake. But too often in our obsession with physical food, we neglect the most important nutrition needed to sustain Life—food for the spirit. What we need is not just food for food’s sake, but LIFE. Physical food sustains physical life, but Jesus gives us the food that gives us eternal life.
God desires to give us a feast! “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?” He asks. “Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance” (Isaiah 55:2).
The King James translation of that verse says “let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Abundance, fatness—the meaning is clear. God wants us to feast on spiritual food, to be filled, to be satisfied, to be strengthened to live our lives filled with His love and bearing the fruit of His Spirit.
If you are not feasting on God’s Word, seeking Him daily in prayer, and fellowshipping with His saints, then you are starving yourself! You will become spiritually malnourished and weak—and sadly, begin to lose your appetite.
And don’t take a meager portion, barely enough to get by. God wants you to delight your soul in fatness! He wants to bless you, strengthen you, nourish your soul and bring life to your spirit. Meditate upon His Word everyday, without measuring it out or holding back, and you will enjoy the blessings of spiritual satisfaction.
I encourage you to launch into the New Year with a feast. A feast of God’s Word.
“I hope, beloved, you know what it is to sit under the shadow of the Word with great delight, and find the fruit thereof sweet unto your taste…Nothing can be more fattening to the soul of the believer than feeding upon the Word, and digesting it by frequent mediation. We must take the truth, and turn it over and over again in the inward parts of our spirit, and so shall we extract suitable nourishment…Private devotion is a land which flows with milk and honey; a paradise yielding all manner of fruits; a banqueting house of choice wines.” —Charles Spurgeon, from “Mealtime in the Cornfields”