Two years ago, I read about a beautiful Dutch-Christian tradition: They never leave a meal without opening the pages of Scripture together and also feasting on the true Bread of Life. Just as there is physical food for the body, there is also spiritual fuel for soul: God’s Word.
It got me thinking: How often do we let our souls nearly starve?
Jesus rebuked Satan once with this verse:
“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
(Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3)
The sad truth is that many of us who call ourselves Christians are spiritually emaciated… despite the free feast Christ has set upon our table. We live off of the crumbs that fall on the ground: a sermon on Sunday, the occasional radio program or Christian song during the week, and perhaps, a book about the Bible.
We rarely pull up a chair and eat freely of the Spirit’s presence and the holy word of Scripture.
We’re living as if we’re beggars.
We’ve been served the sweetest delicacies of salvation, yet we live as victims scraping by on cold scraps.
Dear God, help us see with gratitude the gifts of Your Word and Your Presence.
And then, let us feast.