“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.” ESV
We took our dog to the vet to make sure he was up on his shots. He said, “Your dog’s overweight. He needs to go on a diet.” We took the counsel to heart, and started feeding him the recommended daily amount of food, administering half the portion our chubby dog was expecting.
He gobbled it down in a few bites. Not long after, he started begging for food. Since we love our little fat dog, we said to our hungry pooch, “Toby, the vet says you’re too chunky. No more food until 8 o’clock.”
So when we let him out to do his business, he went walkabout. Our neighbor from half a mile away called and said, “Toby’s up here scarfing down our dogs food. He’ll be here waiting for you.” Next day, we try the doggie-diet again. He goes up to the neighbor’s house and starts annihilating the dog dish again.
My chunky dog won. We feed him an overflowing dish of wilderness delight.
We, like my dog, seek satisfaction in our spirit, soul, and body. The fridge and the pantry are where you’re supposed to find sustenance and satisfaction for the body. But the soul and spirit find it in the still small voice of God. Taking time to listen to God for the spirit and soul is what eating a meal is to the body. The bible says (Romans 10:17), “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” The soul is your mind, emotion, and will. Your spirit is the breathing of your being, made known through your attitude. You don’t want your soul and spirit going walkabout to eat from any other dish than God.
By Aaron F. Jeffers