I think I suffer from Shovel-itis. Maybe you’ve experienced it. A passage in a devotional or Christian living book or especially the Bible just jumps out and grabs you. Well, for about 30 seconds. And instead of sitting with the words, maybe asking the Holy Spirit what it is God is saying to YOU, out comes the shovel and you dig up the catch to toss to a friend.
That is not the way to read an inspiring book. Ask God to show YOU how to digest it, don’t be looking for food to give away to someone else. Like those thoughts that cross your mind to call a friend in need and say, “I think I read something that God has for you.”
Don’t do that.
Another thing (preaching to myself) even if you have to snack and don’t have time for a full meal, get your spiritual food DAILY. Fresh food is best, old stuff just rots and brings no life. And you have to get your own food (see above). You can’t take someone else’s word–i.e. live your walk with Jesus on someone else’s nourishment.
Maybe you do that, too. A friend at church tells you what the Holy Spirit showed them, how they were moved by a passage in the Bible or a message from a dynamic speaker. That’s not your food that’s their’s. You can’t get nourishment by osmosis.
Gathering food will cost you something. The Children of Israel had to go out early every morning for their ‘manna’ (Heb. ‘what is it?’).
It will take some time and effort, just like getting physical food–you spend your time, your gas and your hard earned money to get to the grocery store for what will feed you.
Spiritual food is the same, it will cost you something. Maybe not in the getting, but in the eating. For taking in the Word of God will change us if we let it.
BUT friend, it is the ONLY food that satisfies.
“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:1,2
Have you eaten today?