February 23, 2010

What to eat?

"When your words came, I ate them; 
       they were my joy and my heart's delight, 
       for I bear your name, 
       O LORD God Almighty."

Jeremiah 15:16

Many of us are spiritually starving to death. We have settled for the garbage of this world instead of indulging on the goodness of God's Truth.

We eat of this garbage each time we fill our minds and hearts with sexually suggestive movies or music, each time we value the praise of others over the praise of God or when we try to revenge on someone who has hurt us. We are so full of all of this junk that we are no longer hungry for the things that are good. There is no room for the goodness of God's Truth in our lives.

When we are hungry for God, He satisfies us yet leaves us hungry for more of Him. St. Augustine said, "You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you."

Healthy eating requires effort and selection of the right foods. We do not eat just by being in the same room as food just as we do not take in the Truth of God by being at church or a retreat. We recognize our need for spiritual nourishment when we take the initiative and recognize our need for Truth in our lives. We should be aware and selective when given options by this world as to where we seek Truth. Just as there are many different groceries stores with many different choices and varieties of food, the same exists with where Truth will be found and what we will be spiritually fed. These things can only be recognized when time is spent in His Word and we are grounded in His Truth. Only then, will we feel the fullness of His goodness and find satisfaction in being filled with His love, peace, joy and strength.

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