Daily Devotion for June 16th, 2020
Psalm 119:81 I faint with longing for YOUR salvation; but I have put my hope in YOUR Word.
I often try to fill myself with spiritual “junk food.” That is, I allow myself to watch hours of mindless TV, drown myself in books, surf the “net,” play WII, or pursue anything else that may momentarily “taste good.” Here's the problem: After the “junk” I feel increased emptiness, increased restlessness, increased loneliness…and it all seems to be in direct proportion to how much I “ate.” This self-induced state leaves me vulnerable to Satan's attacks and to my own sinful self. My feet go the wrong way when I'm on junk food. My mouth says the wrong things when I'm on junk food. My head thinks the wrong thoughts when I'm on junk food. My heart feels the wrong emotions when I'm on junk food. I make wrong choices when I'm on junk food. I sometimes eat so much junk food, that I can't even recognize my cravings for what they are: Cravings for the SON! Cravings for a healing touch from my SAVIOR!!! So many wrongs! Only one thing can end the junk food fillings:--choosing to fill myself with the true nourishment that comes from GOD'S perfect, life changing WORD.
In Daniel 1, Daniel and his friends challenged their attendant to let them test a food theory for ten days: “Test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king's rich food. Then you can decide whether or not to let us continue eating our diet” (Daniel 1:11-13). Can you imagine rejecting all those rich, succulent foods to instead embrace a diet of pure veggies and water? Can you imagine how healthy both their minds and bodies must have been because of it?
What would happen, friends, if we forced ourselves to do this with our spiritual food? What would happen if we refused the “junk food” offered by the world (the TV shows, the books, the internet, the mindless rabbit trails we allow ourselves to follow in pursuit of momentary happiness) and instead fed ourselves FIRST on GOD's WORD? What if we, like Daniel, took a “Ten Day Spiritual Food Challenge” and gave GOD a chance to increase our appetites for HIS life-giving WORD?
Psalm 119:103 says “How sweet are YOUR words to my taste; they are sweeter than honey.” Psalm 119:111 says “YOUR decrees are my treasure; they are truly my heart's delight.” Friends, if we don't feel excited about reading GOD's Word, if we don't look forward to our time with the SON, then we are “junk food junkies”--we are feeding ourselves too much of the wrong stuff. Let's take the “Ten Day Spiritual Food Challenge!” Let's “fill up” on GOD's Word first! Give GOD a chance to use HIS commands, HIS Words, to restore your true joy and health today!