[Blessed is she who believed]
It was one of our former Pastors who liked to use the term “Big Food” in reference to potluck banquets at our Church. We Christians like our “Big Food.” It’s go big or go home. (Okay I might be exaggerating a lil’ bit there, but there’s nothing wrong with enjoying our food.) Ecclesiastes talks about enjoying our food, and that God even wants us to do this very thing.
“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do.”
Do You Consume Alchohol?
Neither Andrew nor I touch any sort of alcoholic beverage. We have our reasons, but Scripture states that those who drink shouldn’t get drunk, (Ephesians 5:18 ; Proverbs 20:1 ;Proverbs 23:20-21 ) and that those in leadership shouldn’t be drinking. (Proverbs 31:4-7) Check out the links, and decide for yourself what it is that you believe you should be doing.
The Bread of Life
God has given us much more to chew on than just what we put into our mouths. He’s also given us the Word of God. (Which is God’s message to us.) This too is “Big Food.” Jesus was referred to as the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and He stated that man shall not live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4) Scripture also tells us to taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) meaning that we should examine His Word, and see for ourselves that God is truly good.
Jesus fed the masses, and even multiplied the fishes and the loaves (Mark 6:41-42). He knows how to do exceedingly abundantly more than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21) and what He provides, leaves us feeling full and satisfied (Psalm 132:15; Jeremiah 31:25; Psalm 107:9).
“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
Are You Eating Well?
Though God has given us “Big Food,” we’re not all grazing. Do you examine the word of God, or are you a nibbler? When was the last time you opened your Bible? We can starve ourselves if we’re not carefu, and it’s not long before we stop believing in the power of God. He wants us to open our eyes and remember the things that we’ve forgotten.
The Israelites forgot. They stubbornly forgot about everything. We have no excuse. (Really, they had no excuse either, God did many miracles and provided everything they needed.) but because the Israelites disobeyed and tested God, they never did get to see the land that God had promised them. God said, “No one who angered me will see that land, but my servant Caleb has a different spirit. He follows me completely. So I will bring him into the land he has already seen. And his children will own that land. (Numbers 14:20-24) This is no different than how a good father disciplines his children. Disobedience has consequences, but obedience is rewarded.
Fortunately, we have something the Israelites didn’t have; we have forgiveness for our sins through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Because Jesus already payed the price for our sins, all we have to do is seek forgiveness and He will forgive us. Those who believe also have the Holy Spirit to help us and teach us; which means we have the mind of Christ! (1 Corinthians 2:16.) If we would ask, He would help us in our time of need and give us discernment to understand the things were struggling to understand.
Have You Stopped Dreaming?
We’ve stopped believing and we’ve stopped dreaming. Marriages aren’t failing because two people weren’t meant to be together. (Mark 10:9) Marriages fail because we stop believing in the power of God. First we fail to seek Him to keep our marriages strong and protected, and when the need is there, we don’t trust Him to restore that broken marriage. We take things into our own hands and we don’t ask God for His help.
Listen and Pay Attention
We say that we listen, but then we doubt. If we don’t believe, mountains don’t move. God can’t guide anyone who isn’t paying attention to His voice. So we lose hope and if we abandon hope we stop waiting on the Lord for that help in our time of need.
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6
Get To Know Him
When we don’t know Scripture well, and we stifle the Holy Spirit, we don’t know God well either. We stay in our deserts and wastelands too long because we let our first love die: first and foremost our love for God, then our spouses, and even our love for friends and relatives can wain, all because we lose that love we had in the beginning, for Him. (Revelation 2:4)
Don’t let your Bible sit there gathering dust. Whatever the excuse, it’s still an excuse. It’s time to act! Don’t stifle the Holy Spirit! If life has run dry then let that living water flow. Don’t be drawn away to listen to someone who will tell you what you want to hear. (2 Timothy 4:3).
Eat and Dream!
Go ahead, eat well and dream! I believe in God’s promises for Andrew and I, but the question is do you believe in what God has for you? They say that seeing is believing, but really it’s the other way around: Believing is Seeing. You have a purpose, and God has a plan for you’re life (Jeremiah:29:11).
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her!” —Luke 1:45
If you’re willing to listen, please listen to this:
Did you know, that before human beings decided that plates and bowls were a fantastic idea, we ate from troughs? Trough is also another name for a manger; this can refer both to a feed container as well as a water container, and refers to the shape of the container, being low and hollowed out. When Jesus was born He was placed in a trough. We need to humble ourselves then and come to that trough (who is the Son of God), but we also need to become that container (low and hollowed out), ready to be filled with the Bread of Life.