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Don't Neglect Your Spiritual Food

I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.  Job 23:12 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.The conversation with my friend went something like this as she poured out her heart.

“Nothing is going right in my life anymore. I feel as if God has abandoned me.”

Without hesitation I asked, “Have you abandoned Him?” The look in her eyes tore at my heart, but I could tell my words hit their mark. I pressed on. “Are you going to church?”

“Not really. I’ve been slack.”

“Listening online?”

“N … no.”

I leaned forward and put my hand on her shoulder. “Are you doing anything at all to feed yourself spiritually?”

“Not in a very long time.” She hung her head as the tears fell.

Most of us would not dare go even a day without food, let alone weeks or months. Our body requires certain nutrients to keep it strong, healthy, and functioning as it should. But too often we forget our spirit also needs to be fed.

God’s Word is referred to as both milk and meat. Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life. And let’s not forget the fruit of the Spirit. (That covers four spiritual food groups that give us a balanced diet.) When we hide the Word in our heart, it will not only help us not to sin against God, but it will also strengthen and empower us for daily living.

Job said, “I have treasured His words more than daily food.” When we desire the Lord more than our daily food, we will feast on His Word and spend quality time in His presence. We will seek Him first above everything else in our life that screams for attention.

God wants His children to be strong—spirit, soul, and body. Do your part. Don’t neglect your spiritual food. Make it a vital part of your day.

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.