Welcome to the Word for Wednesday meme. You are invited to post a scripture on your blog each week that has current meaning to you, and leave a link here in the comments. You never know who God may touch with His Word.
Given the choice between things we know are good for us – farm-fresh meats and veggies with a glass of cold milk – or junk food we know is not good for us, most of us choose a Big Mac and fries with a synthetic milkshake. Sometimes it’s because we’re too busy or lazy or lacking in know-how to cook for ourselves. Or maybe it’s simply cheaper. However we rationalize it, we often choose to ingest stuff that’s bad when good stuff is readily available.
Leviticus chapter 11 contains the dietary laws God prescribed for the Jews. Verses 46 and 47 summarize them this way:
This is the law regarding the animal and the bird, and every living thing that moves in the waters and everything that swarms on the earth, to make a distinction between the unclean and the clean, and between the edible creature and the creature which is not to be eaten.
We are to differentiate between clean and unclean, and select the things which are clean. The things which are unclean – including vultures and mice (yuck!) – are to be “detestable” and “abhorrent.” The thought of eating these things should make us sick.
Throughout the Bible, food is used as a metaphor for the spiritual things we “ingest,” and we often choose this type of junk food, too. From sleazy movies and TV shows, to selfishly-motivated sports and politics, and yes, even some Christian writing and blogs, we fill our minds and our hearts with the unclean, leaving no room for the clean.
Why do we do this? I can’t prove it, but I think it may be the same motivation that causes us to choose the Big Mac. “We’re too busy or lazy or lacking in know-how to cook for ourselves. Or maybe it’s simply cheaper.”
No doubt, there is a cost to eating the Word. When we gain understanding about an issue, we are accountable to God to act accordingly:
Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)
But eating junk food is still a bad choice. Perhaps this is why, like A. W. Tozer did, I find myself eating less and less political garbage these days.
Let us seek to know Him in the Word. It is in the Word we will find the Holy Spirit. Don’t read too many other things. Some of you will say, “Look who’s talking!” Well, go ahead and say it, I don’t mind; but I am reading fewer and fewer things as I get older, not because I’m losing interest in this great, big, old suffering world, but because I’m gaining interest in that other world above. So I say, don’t try to know everything. You can’t. Find Him in the Word, for the Holy Ghost wrote this book. He inspired it, and He will be revealed in its pages. (A.W. Tozer)
Let us choose the clean over the unclean. Let us lift our eyes above our worldly concerns and eat the food that lasts forever.
I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. (John 6:48-51)