“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26, New International Version).
While relaxing on my beach chair in Nassau, I noticed someone had left half a burger and curly fries nearby. I wasn’t the only one who noticed. One hungry seagull swooped down; investigated the abundance of treasures and soon winged his way heavenward, curly fry dangling from his mouth.
I expected to be attacked by a multitude of birds fighting for leftovers but not one seagull returned. The feast remained untouched except for one scavenger who barely tasted the abundance of food that had been prepared.
God has prepared a feast for us. Just like the Israelites received fresh manna (Exodus 16), Jesus is there waiting to give us a new word each day. Do we wander away leaving half the meal untouched or are we like the scavenger searching for nourishment? We scoop down in discovery but only come away with one little verse to digest. We don’t know enough to tell our friends so that they might feed on His word too.
In Matthew 22, Jesus tells the parable of the Great Banquet. He speaks of guests invited to the wedding feast, but no one comes. The host continues to send out invitations so that the feast might be eaten and shared.
God is still inviting us to come and spend time with Him and feast on his word. Do you hear the call? Are you responding and coming apart from the daily routine to be fed in his presence or do you walk away leaving the food half-digested and untouched? Do you resemble the scavenger and just pick at the plate for a few juicy morsels?
Lent is a season of preparation. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. He answered Satan’s temptation in Matthew 4:4, “It Is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
The feast has been prepared. You have been invited. Is your RSVP ready and in the mail? Are you hungry for the word of God? He’s waiting to fill you. Come to His table and eat.
Lord, give me a hunger and thirst for more of you. Amen.