As I am writing this article, in the back of my mind, I am trying to figure out what to have for supper. To be honest, I spend a lot of my preparing food for my family. My children also think about food, a lot.
We have an entire room in our house dedicated to storage and preparation of food. We spend at least one day a week, shopping for food. To say food is important would be an understatement. Why? Obviously, food grows our bodies, gives us energy, and provides a certain pleasure when cooked well.
Our need for food can be used as an example of how our spiritual life needs the exact things: growth, energy, and pleasure. Our journey with food begins at birth. A newborn baby needs milk to continue to grow. Let’s look at 1 Corinthians 3:3.
I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able;
As a baby Christian (someone who just became a believer) and a newborn, neither can handle solid food; so therefore, they are fed milk. Milk to a Christian is the foundational truths that must first be grasped before trying to understand deeper theological truths. It gives all the essential nutrients to develop and grow into a stronger person.
We recently had a young man become a Christian in our church. He was very excited, as we were, and ready for everything that the Christian life had to offer. Yet, he still had to learn and understand the fundamental truth of Scripture. This is done by studying diligently God’s word and praying. He needed to develop those habits of a Christian life that would help him grow. As he studies; he understands more. Just as a newborn baby, the more he drinks milk; the more he will grow to be able to stomach more solid food.
Next, comes solid food. Let’s look at Hebrews 5:14.
But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Understanding the fundamental truths, the Christian then can start on solid food. This food is deeper theologically. When I was in seminary, we used to refer to a deep theological lecture or sermon as “meaty”. Sometimes it may even be hard to digest. To be honest, I loved these lectures and sermons. This type of studying should be continued to keep Christians growing strong. This growth continues all throughout life.
In Scripture, there are also other references to food. Jesus, in John, refers to Himself as the bread of life. Bread fills our stomachs and gives us energy. We find our strength through Jesus, who is our bread. Jesus also refers to Scripture as bread during His temptation (Matthew 4:4).
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Here Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3. Because the Israelites in the wilderness had food by God’s command; they were literally alive due to God’s Word. We too are to live by the Word of God, His commands found in Scripture.
Lastly, we find pleasure when food is prepared well and tastes good. It is the same with Scripture. The Word of God is sweet. Look at Psalm 19:9-10.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they then gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Walking in God’s way can be sweet. Just as food can be pleasurable to our taste buds, God’s truth can be equally desirable. God brings such sweetness into our live that it fulfills our spiritual cravings. Just a drop of honey can sweeten an entire dish. This is also true of God.
As Christians, we are give nourishment to our soul just as we are to give nourishment to our bodies. God’s Word provides that nourishment for us. From a growing baby to an adult, we must continue to keep our faith growing. So, enjoy God’s Word as a delicious dish prepared by God Himself.