You step into a restaurant to order breakfast. The place is dirty and makes you feel ill at ease. A cranky server interacts with you, giving you the feeling she’d rather be anywhere else but taking your order. The food is long in coming and short on everything else.
The bacon isn’t cooked, the eggs are way over-cooked. The toast reeks of rancid margarine and the coffee hasn’t been near heat anytime in the last half hour.
(Another assumption here) You probably would not return to this establishment to eat unless you lived in a ‘one café’ town in the middle of nowhere.
So… where do you stop for your soul’s nutrition? And how do you feel after getting it?
We feed our souls daily, and make no mistake, we determine our diet. Sources may vary but we control how we feel after we ‘eat.’
- There are things on television that land like lead on our souls.
- We expose ourselves to people who always leave us discouraged.
- Our music can be joyless and meaningless, leaving a bad taste in our ears and hearts.
- There are films we watch that take away our nobility as sons and daughters of God.
- Many things we do repeatedly have never blessed or encouraged the inner man.
Isaiah asks us a very pointed question that we really need to ponder:
“Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work
for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me,
and you will want what is good; your soul will enjoy
the rich food that satisfies.” Isaiah 55:2 NIV
The challenge this week is this: quit going to joints with tasteless food that can’t satisfy!
If you feel strongly that you need the news to keep you informed… the movies to keep you entertained or music that lulls your senses, fine. Just don’t let any of it seep into your souls and steal the joy of the Lord or detour you from you mission for the Kingdom.
You may just need to stop frequenting places and things that leave a bad taste in your mouth and a stain on your soul. God calls us to satiate our hunger in Him!
“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.” Psalm 34:8 MSG