Saying grace before a meal can become dry, routine, mechanical and automatic. We rumble off at motor speed while our stomachs rumble even louder. It was interesting that as I opened my Bible to read, I rumbled off a short prayer. Automatically, I prayed, “Thank you Lord for the food you’ve given me, bless it to our bodies…” Woah, woah, stop there!
I stopped halfway when I realised it was not the meal time yet. Really? Think about it. Aren’t I fed from the word of God too? Shouldn’t I thank God for the spiritual food he gives us in his Word daily? Saying grace before the spiritual food makes complete sense too.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
The Word helps Christians to make better decisions. Paul also refers to the Word of God as milk (basic teachings) and solid food (advanced teaching):
1 Cor 3:2-3
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarrelling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
Food nourishes us. Feeding on the Word of God nourishes us. I suspect many Christians are impoverished due to a lack of intake of Spiritual food daily! While we wouldn’t think of missing lunch or dinner, we often miss the feeding on God’s Word.
We need food to grow as Christians. To the Christians in Corinth, Paul was saying, “You all are still babies! You need milk to grow up first.” We can’t grow up properly without food. Parents go the extra mile to buy the expensive baby milk powder that has tons of helpful chemicals and vitamins. May we ask God to give us a hunger for his Word and to feed daily from it for our growth and nourishment.
“Thank you Lord for the food from your Word today. As we feed on it, may you nourish our spiritual lives.