Food for the soul

 

“Jeshurun grew fat and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned the God who made him and rejected the Rock his Savior….You deserted the Rock who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you birth.”  Deuteronomy 32:15, 18.

 

I was doing some cross referencing while reading about some Messianic scripture a few days ago and came across this verse in the midst of it. This particular verse resonated with my soul. Jeshurun, which in the case of this, was referring to the “upright one”, that is the people of Israel. The LORD had blessed them and made them prosper. Then it was overdone. The people grew fat from indulgence, believed that they were satisfied fully in God’s blessings alone, and then rejected Him as their Savior. How often do we find ourselves more content with what God has given us than just having Him alone? I can say that is a constant struggle for myself. Food is one of those things. We can overindulge in it and become so satisfied with the pleasure it brings us… through cooking, enjoying the company of friends that come with it, or simply just eating. But we forget so easily that the God gave us this food to sustain us and to make us strong to fulfill His purposes for us…not to make it an idol in place of Him. These past few weeks have been a time of processing that truth. I cannot just go to food to satisfy me anymore (mainly because all of my old comfort foods are 100% not allowed), and I never seem to leave fully satisfied from eating. At first it was a frustrating concept, but not it has been a comforting one to know that this satisfaction must come from the Lord, and the Lord alone. 

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