I have been feeling a bit down lately and remembered a lesson the Lord has shown me before. We have two miniature Dachshunds, cute, but not very intelligent. They live in a vet’s house, (I mean what more could a dog ask for) they are well fed , they are not overweight and have every reason to be content. They get the best quality dog food money can buy, specially “formulated for all their nutritional needs” and as the vet keeps telling me, they do not need any scraps, it will just make them fat and unhealthy.
The word of God is like that, when it comes to quality, being specially formulated and meeting all my spiritual needs. “Every scripture is God-breathed and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, and for training in righteousness. So that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17)
But somehow food continues to be a problem for my dogs. Whether you give them bread or fillet steak, anything you put into their bowls is breathed in, not eaten! There is no point giving them anything special, it may as well be dog food because they wouldn’t know the difference.
Whenever they can, they are sitting ready, tails wagging, waiting. Speedy (who lives up to his name when it comes to food) has taken to standing at my feet while I am preparing food, keeping careful watch for anything, anything at all that may fall from the chopping board. It could be onions, broccoli, carrot peel, you name it and he will inhale it faster than you can say “Jack flash.”
It’s not that he is hungry; he gets fed his dog food twice a day! He just has no discretion! No taste either for that matter! I wave my finger at him, telling him that he should “get a life and enjoy his food more,” but all he does is watch my hand and the surrounding area in case he missed something!
He eats without thought or discretion.
- I sit there in the morning, waiting at His feet for any “crumb” from His table, when each day; He has prepared a table that is overflowing for me (Psalm 23:5).
- I am so intent of eating the crumbs that I do not actually taste what He has given me. (Psalm 34:8)
- Each day I eat what the Lord has prepared for me, but it is quickly done and I am off to find some more “truth” elsewhere.
- I am not thinking about or actually tasting the spiritual food, yet it has the ability to fulfil the needs of my spirit completely, and it really is all I need to live.
Instead I go out looking for other sources of food, other people’s interpretation of the Word, what other respected people are saying about the Word and select a few morsels from here or there. And when my friends have enjoyed some delicious bread from the Lord, sharing with me their delight in the Word, I hungrily lick up their crumbs.
Yet never do I taste and savor the delicious feast that He prepares for me everyday, which will meet all my needs in every aspect of my life! Even though I feel down at the moment, the Lord’s table is where I will find refreshment, sustenance and all I will need for life.
Oh Lord, please let me never neglect to eat from Your Word personally. Do not allow me to settle for the crumbs from another’s table, but help me to feast on your Word myself. Help me to discern that the best meal is served up in the pages of your Word.
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