Skipping Meals

Except for special reasons, skipping meals on a regular basis is harmful. What I have in mind is people who are too busy and who don’t take time to eat, or are too lazy to bother with wholesome meals. Then, of course, there are some who are so given to junk food that a well balanced meal has no appeal. This is bad enough in a physical sense; it is extremely harmful, spiritually! Regular feeding on the milk and meat of God’s Word is the only way to be a strong and vibrant Christian. To neglect this or to consume only “spiritual junk food” will leave a child of God weak and sickly, spiritually.  What would we expect to happen to someone who had a feast on the table and, instead of enjoying a wonderful meal, they only nibbled on a roll and hurried about their business? Scripture describes a proper Spiritual diet. In I Peter 2:2 we are told: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”  Hebrews 5:13-14 makes it clear that we must major on meat, not on milk: “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” The outcome of a Spiritually healthy diet? “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled (Matthew 5:6). In the hymn, “Honey from the Rock,” J. Gilchrist Lawson offers these thoughts on necessary Spiritual nutrition: “Far sweeter than the honey-comb God’s Word is to His flock; His precious Word makes fat the soul, ‘tis honey from the rock. When reading thro’ God’s precious Word, I with my Saviour talk, He feeds me with the bread of life, and honey from the rock. As day by day I read His Word, and with my Saviour walk, He spread for me a feast of things with honey from the rock. God’s Word is like the treasure hid, or finest wheat in shock, ‘tis manna from the skies above, and honey from the rock.” Selah! It is absolutely necessary for a Christian to eat properly. Best of all, our Spiritual food is pure and nourishing and is provided with no cost to us. Dig in!   Ron

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