Soul Food

The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,
But the stomach of the wicked is in want.
Proverbs 13:25

feeding-the-birdsEvery time I hear about, or think about starting that practice of reading a chapter from the book of Proverbs each day, it is in the middle of the month and I tell myself, “Maybe next month.” But I always forget to start. So on Tuesday I decided to begin, even though it wasn’t the first of a month. I started on Chapter 13.

Now if you’ve been with me any length of time, you know that I’ve been on a journey to honor God with my eating for a long time – sadly, not always consistently. ¬†And so I thought it was interesting that the verse above was the one that closed out the chapter.

After 24 verses contrasting the righteous with the wicked and foolish, it ends with a verse about eating. What a coincidence… Not!

God is so faithful to keep drawing my attention back to the things He is trying to teach me. Sometimes I think I have spiritual ADHD. If so, His Word is better than any Ritalin!

As I poked around in that verse, I saw the first part has an alternate translation:

The righteous eats to the satisfaction of his soul

And I love that. Not that the righteous person eats until his soul is satisfied, or that eating itself satisfies his soul, but that one way his righteousness is displayed is that as his eating glorifies God, his soul is satisfied.

And in that we see the premise of “Made to Crave” by Lysa Terkeurst demonstrated. When I try to satisfy my soul with food, I will always crave more. Food cannot satisfy my soul. And when I try to satisfy my soul with food, I am wicked – guilty at least of idolatry, and probably rebellion and pride, too.

Satisfy my soul with Yourself, O God. Feed me with the Bread of Life and quench my thirst with the Living Water. Grant that my heart would not feel deprived but satisfied with boundaries placed on my eating for my good. Help me turn to You and not to food when I am lonely or sad or anxious, so that the testimony of my life also is that I eat to the satisfaction of my soul.


Comments

Soul Food — 21 Comments

  1. How wonderful that God knows just what we need when we need it! And He knew you needed to begin on day 13! Thank you for your transparency here Susan. What a blessing you are!

  2. I love this: “Sometimes I think I have spiritual ADHD. If so, His Word is better than any Ritalin!” It is so true & sad all at the same time. I am so thankful that His Word and hearing His voice can give us what we need in order to overcome our ADHD.
    Blessings,
    Rayna

  3. I love your capture of the “The righteous eats to the satisfaction of his soul. ” and the idea of as my eating glorifies God, my soul will be satisfied. Eating for me is one area I still find challenging, even as I have found health and wholeness in other areas. Thank you Susan for been so transparent and authentic. As Kinsey said, I will print and keep this around for a reminder!!

    • Eating is challenging for many of us, Nancy. I’m glad you found some encouragement in what I wrote. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

  4. Wow Susan! We always say, “God is good” – what more can we say, but “HE IS GOOD!” I love how He was working upstream in front of you. He prompted you to begin your Proverbs journey and where to begin and there He has for you just what you need.

    Food is such a struggle for so many. What a beautiful picture you have painted with God’s truth and your own willingness to share.

    Thank you Susan for blessing me with this and for reminding me that He cares so much about every detail.

    • He IS Good! I love Him more every day, and am moved to tears at the way He continually changes us so tenderly, wooing us with His love. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  5. How timely was this post. I flat out rebelled against the dietary restrictions I’m under right now because of health issues. I wanted something that tasted good and satisfied my tummy! It gets very tricky trying to identify what the real crave is. Sadly, tonight I caved to the crave and lost sight of the bigger picture of a healthy body that can serve God and others. Insert sad face. Love this post and will print it out for further review. Thank you.

    • Hi Jackie ~ I like having books on my Kindle, too, because I always have something at hand that will point me back to Him. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  6. The righteous eats until his soul is satisfied. Ahhhh…the Bread of Life is satisfying to the soul that seeks and finds Him. Great reminders to keep priorities of permitting the Lord to be the One and Only satisfaction to our soul. Other sources leave us with hunger…not able to satisfy our soul hunger. As always, beautifully stated, Susan! Thanks for the blessing!

  7. Hi Susan….Thank you for continuing to bless and keep us closer to our loving and faithful all providential Lord God……Am recovering from another spine strengthening surgery and will be spending time with my daughter in Az……Have my home on the market and sure would feel blessed if it would sell…..Trusting Him……Hope you will continue to send your weekly words of wisdom….Thanks so much Nan

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