“Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.” – Isaiah 55: 1-3 Message Bible
I love junk food and fast food…potato chips, French fries and hamburgers. I know it’s not healthy for me…I know it raises my cholesterol and clogs my arteries. A little junk food in my diet may be ok, but I need to dine on food that is nutritious if I want to be healthy.
The same is true in our spiritual lives. The above Scripture is an invitation by God, to let go of spiritual junk food and fast food in our lives and dine on the nourishment that God freely offers us for our souls. God invites us to draw near to Him and delight ourselves in God and to experience God’s faithful love.
In the tradition of the church, the season of Lent has been a time, when Christians have sought to put aside some of the distractions in our lives, and to feed our souls with the feast God offers through the study of the scripture, prayer, fasting from food or fasting from other activities that keep us from having time with God. Lent is a time to commit ourselves to spending time with God, so that we will know Him more fully.
One opportunity to feed our souls this Lent is through our Lenten Growth Groups. Using material by Adam Hamilton, we will be hearing “The Final Words of Jesus From the Cross,” and asking what these powerful words have to say to our lives today. This is an opportunity to look into Scripture with your brothers and sisters in Christ, so that together we are dining on spiritually nutritious food that is necessary for spiritual growth.
As Psalm 119:15-16, 105 remind us: “I will study your commandments and reflect on your ways. I will delight in your decrees and not forget your word… Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
I also invite you make a commitment to be in worship each of the six weeks of Lent, in order to hear God’s Word proclaimed, and to praise and worship God in song, and prayer and allow God to nourish our souls. Let’s ditch spiritual junk food this Lenten season, and dine on the spiritual feast God offers as we spend time with Him.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Debbie