“He has filled the hungry with good things.”
Such a short sentence to reflect on today! You might think it doesn’t mean too much other than God provides us with good things. But I think you can read and reflect on this in a number of ways.
My first observation was on the word “hungry.” This is mainly because as of now, it’s time for me to eat being almost lunch time. Also, I’m currently dieting for a fitness competition so food is on my mind a lot these days.
But did you ever think about how we feed our souls and our minds?
I think about this a lot; we feed on what we see and hear everyday. Something as simple as a movie or a song that we hear or watch. We feed on the words of our friends and co-workers. We feed on what we hear and see and look at everyday.
This is why it’s very important to our faith that we “consume” as much of the Word as we can each day. It leaves little room for the rest of the “anti-Word” to enter our minds and bodies.
You can think of the Word as all the good things God provides to us; good healthy nourishing food of course, but scripture and God’s loving words are good for the soul. What else can we feed on that’s “good?”
- Uplifting songs on the radio and on our ipod’s
- Volunteering/stewardship for organizations and causes that need help
- Positive images in magazines and in advertisements (or simply trashing the trashy ones)
- Motivational videos on social media and TV
- Following and reading blogs and organizations that have a “good” theme
How can we avoid or abstain from the “anti-Word” things? (This doesn’t mean REPRESSING our feelings or even AVOIDANCE but it does mean making an effort to surround yourself with “Good” things)
- When shopping, only purchase what you budget for
- Avoid the candy/junk food aisle if you know that you can easily be swayed and “cheat”
- Change the channel on the radio/tv when you know something is coming on that you have no desire to watch/that might make you feel depressed or angry
- Read books (besides the Bible) that explore theology or are faith based; books that might help you learn instead of escape
Fit In Your Faith Today: What do you “consume” that you know isn’t provided by God? Do you purposely seek out these “anti-Word” items? How can you seek out the “Good” in an effort to become less tempted to consume the “anti-Word” messages/items?
This is probably not an overnight process. This will be a journey for most that might take a long time.
Here are some authors/books that I have found particularly helpful:
Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst
Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing by Christopher West
What Are You Hungry For? By Deepak Chopra
The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose by Matthew Kelly