What fills your ‘plate’ spiritually, physically, and emotionally? I am reminded of Deuteronomy 8:3. The Lord gave the children of Israel manna that they had to collect daily. It was their sustenance for forty years! He has put a table before us that is overflowing with abundance. God’s word is His whole counsel. It is not just a verse here or there, but food that sustains our life.
I love Psalm 103:5 which says, “Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Proverbs 18:20 says, “A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled.” What we ‘eat’ affects every aspect of our lives.
We are what we feast on. I learned this truth in a new way during a short term mission trip. The goats fed along the roadside which was strewn with trash. Goats will eat anything. The goat meat we were served, tasted just like what the goats were eating. Years ago, I sat down to eat a thanksgiving dinner with my friends. The turkey had cooked all night, and the house smelled wonderful. My host took his first bite of turkey and said, “Oh no!” You see, his turkeys had gotten into the sawdust! Emotional fillers have no nourishment for our spirit, though they certainly feed our flesh.
Psalm 37:3 says to feed on His faithfulness. The Lord is Faithful, and He has faithfully provided for us. Now I admit, there are passages in Scripture that I would rather not read. I’m in Judges now and there is a chapter that just infuriates me. Every time I come to it, I have to made an attitude adjustment. In Acts 20:27 Paul said, “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.” We know from Hebrews 5:12 that God’s word has milk and it has solid food.
Let me recap 2 Timothy 3:16. God’s word is profitable. It is nourishing. It fills us with truth that will set us free. His word instructs us in doctrine, which is the stability of our walk with the Lord. As we daily read His word, it will reprove our fleshly desires, and it will bring course-correction if we have veered off His chosen path. His word reveals His character. It is our standard of righteousness. We are called to emulate Him to those around us, and to the unseen principalities and powers. What we eat affects our thoughts. Our thoughts become our actions, then attitudes, and then habits.
Psalm 23 says that we have a Good Shepherd. He leads us into green pastures, that are lush and abundant. Then He makes us to lie down, to rest and ruminate on the word that we have read. He leads us beside still waters, that are clear and untroubled. He restores our soul, and He leads us into His chosen paths for our lives. Let us rise up and follow Him.