Monday, May 16, 2022

What Are You Eating?

 By: Joanne Viola

If I were asked to define “eat”, I would suggest it is to ingest or take in, chew, and then swallow.

We eat for any number of reasons – out of hunger, boredom, experimenting with a recipe, or for comfort. All may satisfy at the moment but then, in a short time, we must eat again. The food must be prepared and the table set, repeatedly.

Upon creating man, God placed them in the middle of a garden with trees and vegetation to fill their need to eat, and then instructed them:

The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

(Genesis 2:16-17, NASB)

From the beginning, God provided all that was needed for us to be satisfied. He gave it freely, and it was in abundance. It provided life, health, and wholeness. God built obedience into our relationship from the beginning.

In Isaiah 55, God offers this invitation:

You there! Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat.”
(Isaiah 55:1, NASB)

God offers to us freely that which will fill us. It comes without a cost to us, yet cost Him everything.

Scripture became life and breath to Jeremiah, the daily sustenance he relied on:

When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.”
(Jeremiah 15:16, NIV)

Once discovered, he devoured God’s Word for he knew when circumstances looked difficult, hopeless, and bitter, God’s Word would yet be satisfying to his soul.

May we come to the place, the same table even, and like the psalmist declare:

“How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
(Psalm 119:103, NASB)

“If we want to grow in grace, we must grow in our knowledge of the Word … Though knowledge of the Bible does not equal spiritual maturity, you cannot be spiritually mature without knowledge of the Bible May this truth spur us on to know God’s Word fully.”

(from Colossians: Rooted in Him, page 60)

What Scripture is He serving you today?


Photo by Yuliia Tretynychenko on Unsplash



  1. Joanne, nothing satisfies like the Word of God! Give me a heaping helping today!

    1. It really is the best way to start the day! You are such a blessing, sweet friend!

  2. He is the only one who satisfies and sustains. Yes, may we come to meet at the same place and sit at the same table and relish in his sweeter than honey words of sustainment.


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