I can still remember the taste of the jerk chicken and corn pancakes at our wedding. I can still remember how delicious our wedding cake was. I can still remember the oregano lamb chops from Greek Islands in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I can recall the vivid taste of the bison filet I had on my birthday this year.
|Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale, AZ (bison with purple potatoes)|
Even if I were to never have it again, I will always remember the taste of my mom’s stuffed shells and meat sauce. I can remember the salty creaminess of the spicy beef wrap at Ovid’s Café on the campus of my alma mater, University of Kentucky. I can remember the sweet and savory plantanos and cheese from my host family in Costa Rica. Food makes such an impression on [some of] us. It’s not surprising that the Bible has so much to say on food also! Our Creator, God, created us to enjoy food. He could have made us like cows or other animals that eat monotonously with little enjoyment in food. But instead, we have things like pain au chocolat, and baklava, and chicken curry, and New York-style pizza, and crab Rangoon, and McDonald’s French fries. Right?!
And then our Creator says we will be satisfied in Him as much as we are when we eat fat and rich foods†. Say what?! I will be even more satisfied by following Jesus than I am when I leave the pre fixe dinner at Recess! That is an incredible, out-of-this-world thought. Our Creator told us that we should not live by bread alone but on every word that comes from His mouth††. And that “word” that we are to be filled up on isn’t like a stack of unsalted crackers, no, it’s even more delectable than the food fight in Hook or the grand banquets at Hogwarts!
So you know the saying “give us our daily bread”†††? That is an invitation to feast on Jesus Christ every single day. Many people aren’t sure exactly what that means. I interpret it as daily reflecting on the fact that Jesus Christ died for us while we were deep in sin so that we can be with Him forever, daily reading the Bible, praying with Him, reflecting on how He saved us from the punishment of our sins, how He gives us the power to turn away from sin, to overflow with gratitude for the wonderful things in our lives, to worship Him. FEAST on Jesus! And when we do that, we can then feast on the wonderful food He created us to enjoy!
Are you tempted to be satisfied in food and not on Jesus? Many, many of you will read this and think it doesn’t apply to you. But I see it all over the place! Have you ever spilled on social media that you ate a whole bag/box/container of something? Do you joke about the large amounts of food you eat? Or do you overeat in secret, hoping no one finds the evidence? Have you ever eaten food in such large amounts that you felt sick? OR, have you taken so much of the enjoyment out of food that you’re not enjoying food as He created it to be enjoyed? When you feel like you need to go on a diet do you say “I need to stop eating bread”? Do you forget that Jesus says He’s the bread of life? Food is a good thing, but it has its right place in between satisfied in Jesus and being deliciously enjoyed.
So now, let me ask you:
So now, let me ask you:
Do you believe that Jesus
satisfies more than food ever will?
I would love to dialogue with you about this. This blog exists as an open platform for relationship-building and communication. Welcome!
This is a topic I want to explore more in 2014. Please let me know if you struggle with this (below) or simply want to learn more about this topic. I would love to meet you.
† Psalm 63:5
†† Deuteronomy 8:3
††† Matthew 6:11 or Luke 11:3