Christians need to feast on word of God on their own, too

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, August 01, 2003

Many years ago, I watched a movie called "Savage West." Unlike most movies, this one had a lifelong impact on my life. At that time in my life, I was so hungry for more of God and desired to have a deeper understanding of his word.

In the movie, there was a young couple and a very old grandmother. They lived somewhere out in a very remote area in Alaska.

The young wife became pregnant. As time drew near for the baby to be born, the old grandmother went out and fed herself to the wolves, so there would be fewer people to feed.

The day finally arrived and the mother, all alone, gave birth to a baby boy. She was so happy as she cuddled this precious bundle next to her.

Later in the day, the dad came home. Oh the joy they shared as they ecstatically checked him over.

Suddenly the dad's countenance changed. Looking so sad he tells the new mom, "We have to feed him to the wolves, he has no teeth."

The mom begins to plead with him.

"Please let me keep him. I will chew his food for him, just don't feed him to the wolves."

I am sure this worked for a while for this new baby, but there came a time for him to start chewing his own food.

How important it is for us as Christians, as we grow in Christ, to chew our own food, to literally feast on the word of God. It is good to listen to sermons, read good inspirational books and listen to tapes. All these are prepared for us, and this is good spiritual food. But we need to remember, the ones who prepared these got the basic nutrition.

Just as this young mother chewed the baby's food for him, she got most of the nutrition.

There comes a time in our walk with God for us to read God's word for ourselves, begin to feast on it and discover the riches it supplies to our mind and body.

Do you ever find yourself so hungry nothing sounds good to eat?

Begin to read the word. You will find it wasn't the natural body that was so hungry but the spiritual, yearning to be fed.

My grandson is a very finicky eater. His mom prepares food for him, food everyone else enjoys but he refuses to eat. Out comes the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Nothing will satisfy him but those peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. To a lot of new Christians, the book of Psalms becomes their peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

This book is so easy to read and so satisfying, but soon we realize there is more to eat than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The New Testament tells us about a time when Jesus visited two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha I can imagine was so excited to have Jesus come to her house. She probably just couldn't do enough for him.

Then there was Mary, just sitting there doing nothing, it seemed. Doing nothing but sitting at Jesus' feet, feasting. Just worshiping him.

I wonder. Do we sometimes get so busy serving Jesus that we don't take time to worship him and feast on him? In the book of Song of Solomon 2:4 we read: "He brought me to the banqueting table, his banner over me was love."

When we sit at his table and eat of his word, we begin to feel his love for us as never before. In Psalms 23 David says, "Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies."

Yes, there are days when the enemies of our soul seem all around us, lying to us and throwing those darts. We seek counsel and ask advice from different ones. Nothing seems to help. Then we go to the word and begin to feast at that table. Suddenly everything is better and once again we are fed by him.

Let us get into the word. After all, it is the only thing in our lives that is stable and never changing. We can depend on this word to lead us and feed us.

Pat Knowles is president of the Alaska branch of Joyful Sounds Ministries, founded in Lubbock, Texas. She attends Birchridge Community Church, which meets at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, where Cameron Dockery is pastor. Call 283-3490 or 262-2687 for more information.

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