Soul Food

Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55:2)

When it comes to nutrition, I am certainly no expert, especially when it comes to eating what is healthy. There is food and then there is junk food. Sadly, it seems junk food is what typically tastes best and what we seem to crave when we are hungry. I mean when you come in from outside on a hot day and you have a choice between ice cream and an apple, our natural instinct is to grab the bowl of ice cream.

When we go to the store to buy groceries, if we are not careful we can end up buying a lot of things to eat, but nothing which would be considered as good nutritious food. Why in the world would we spend a lot of money buying things which have little nutritional value and certainly are not the healthiest choices?

It seems God asked a similar question some twenty-seven hundred years ago concerning how His people were feeding their soul. It would appear people were more interested in tickling their palates than having a healthy spiritual diet. So God asked them why they spend their money on food which is not healthy. Why do they labor for the things which do not satisfy? He then says listen and eat what is good and satisfying…not physically but spiritually.

But where is food which is good for the soul found? Soul food is in unlimited supply throughout Scripture. Where it is taken in on a daily basis, lives are transformed and hearts changed. The menu consists of things such as the God’s love, grace and mercy. Then there are the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control as well as others.

The biggest excuse for our bad dining habits usually boils down to time. We say we do not have time for a healthy meal on God’s Word, yet we consistently find times to see our favorite “junk food”, (aka TV program), which we will record, change our schedule or whatever may be necessary to not miss out on the “junk food” of the world. However, when asked if we did our devotion, quiet time or time in prayer, we respond by saying, “I just ran out of time today”. I wonder if we ever stop and consider the fact if we make time for the “Good Food”, the rest of our day might flow more smoothly and be less stressed?

When the arteries of the soul are clogged through a bad spiritual diet, we can develop spiritual heart disease. Instead of beating powerfully and regularly with the love of God, the heart can become cold and hardened, energy levels become lethargic and our spiritual exercise begins to fade.

The best way is to have a healthy God designed diet and regularly get our spiritual exercise through loving God and loving our neighbor. BE HEALTHY!



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