Dont Snack. Feast!

“No, you cannot have cookies at supper time!”— a very common refrain I seem to utter at our house. If you are a parent like me, the reason you disallow snacks before a meal is for your children to consume healthy food. The reality is – we all have appetites, and truth be told our appetites determine our actions.

In a world bombarded by distractions, it is prudent to gauge our appetite for God. Author and theologian C.S.Lewis says the following, “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.” Fasting and praying is a time we deny ourselves the pleasures of this world, a sure way to assess our appetites. The malady that often plagues our christian walk is this. We nibble far too much on what the world has to offer without realizing that it only dampens our appetite for God.

Don’t get me wrong. God has blessed us with many things for us to enjoy. Food, drink and relaxation are all part of our life. But if they become an end in itself, we shortchange ourselves of the joy of God’s presence. As we enter the final stretch of our fast I want to encourage you. Let your hunger for God increase. Feast on God’s presence and be satisfied in Christ.

As the psalmist would say, “Taste and See that the Lord is Good” (Psalm 34:8)
work cited

Lewis, C. S. Surprised by joy: the shape of my early life. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1956. Print.

NIV Bible. London: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 2007. Print.