Eat What Is Good

I love to cook and bake. The holidays are my favorite time to do this. The dilemma I face with my love of creating in the kitchen is that it is easy to overindulge, especially during the holidays. Without fail, I’ll push back from the table and state, “I’m stuffed. I can’t eat another bite!” When that happens, I expect that I won’t need to eat again until the next day. And yet, just a few hours later, I begin to feel hungry again. Our bodies are designed in such a way that we burn off stored energy and need food to be re-nourished. We never stay full and satisfied.

The Lord wants to fill us spiritually. He promises that He will satisfy. Isaiah 55:1–2 says: “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and you will enjoy the choicest of foods.”

What God offers He freely gives. It doesn’t cost us anything, and it is beneficial to our souls. We can be filled to the brim with His goodness, His hope, His contentment, His truth. We won’t be left longing for more. What He gives has staying power.

How do we eat and drink spiritually? Matthew 5:6 says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Start with a genuine longing to be filled with the good things of God. Then, add these ingredients to satisfy your desire.

  • Spend time in His word. Read it, meditate on it, and consider what God wants to speak into
  • Spend time in prayer. Talk to God. Bring every single request to the Lord in prayer, but also make sure you are listening. Ask Him to speak what you need to hear in your life.
  • Memorize Scripture. Commit His Word to memory so that when you are facing a difficult time, you will remember what is true and what He has promised.

Each day, as you enjoy physically eating and drinking, be reminded to also eat and drink from what the Lord has offered. Fill up on His goodness, and be blessed.

Terri Groh

Terri serves as the Northeastern Alliance women's director. She is also the disciplemaking ministries director at Jamestown (NY) C&MA Church. She has served in full-time ministry alongside her husband, Dan, for the past 34 years. A consecrated worker with The Christian and Missionary Alliance, Terri holds a BA in psychology from Nyack College and a Master of Professional Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary. She has authored five women's devotional books. www.encouragementforadiscouragedworld.com

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