Comfort foods! Southern fried chicken, home made mashed potatoes and gravy, German chocolate cake, oatmeal fudge with pecans, I could go on and on. On cold snowy Michigan nights, hot cocoa with chunky chocolate chip cookies with walnuts and coconut, delicious! Today my appetite wants to respond to the snowstorm with all of the above!
Benjamin and I just finished shoveling the driveway and sidewalks, I want something more than a glass of water. I remind myself that this is the time that our church family is seeking the Lord while we fast. We are going hard after the food that brings comfort for others as well ourselves!
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8, NIV
Like the prophet Daniel, in the biblical book named after him, we have each chosen various things to fast for three weeks. “All that time I had eaten no rich food. No meat or wine crossed my lips, and I used no fragrant lotions until those three weeks had passed.” Daniel 10:3, NLT
We’ve chosen something significant to abstain from during this fast. Why? It’s a time for us to seek the Lord in light of two wars long wars our nation has been fighting, the earthquake in Haiti, the economy, for a great awakening in the world to the demands of Christ, and as a personal reminder to each of us that we do not live by bread alone.
God’s people have always known that food comforts can easily be a counterfeit substitute for the comfort that God gives. Abstaining from certain foods or other activities has been a way to quickly remind ourselves of how much we need the bread of life that really satisfies. One thing I’m certain of is as we approach this time with pure hearts, we shall be nourished on the bread that always satisfies.
“People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Jesus in Matthew 4:4, NLT
Peace and Joy!