Growing Roots ~ Week 31
Ahh, the last full week of summer vacation before Bubba goes back to school (WAY TOO EARLY, in my humble opinion). I could talk about how I’ve learned to grow my roots deeper in Christ by not fighting the calendar or my to-do list, but enjoying every minute. But…I’m not going to do that.
I want to tell you about how God spoke to me during my morning devotional time on Sunday morning (yesterday). This is time I intentionally set aside each morning to grow my roots deeper in Christ.
My MIL and I are still reading the Bible together each day. We read a passage of Scripture and then text each other something about that passage whether it be a verse, a word or phrase that jumped out, a summary of the passage, or something that we learned. Well, we are currently making our way through the book of Proverbs, reading half of a chapter each day.
On Sunday, we read Proverbs 13:1-12. As I read this passage and contemplated what verse to send to my MIL, I had NOTHING. But I sent one anyways, completely uninspired by the Holy Spirit, purely out of obligation. THEN IT HIT ME!!
Proverbs 13:4 says “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the soul of the diligent is made fat.”
Usually, being fat is not something that I condone. It’s not something I strive to accomplish. That’s why I practice portion control. But I also don’t desire craving things and getting nothing. This passage confused me because I was thinking about the body and food and not the soul.
When our souls crave something, we tend to take the easy way out (be a sluggard) and look for earthly “things” to satisfy us. Those things could include food (chocolate, anyone?), sleep, alcohol, attention, sex, pleasure, material items (retail therapy), status, relationships, and a myriad of other “things”. But those things can NEVER truly satisfy our SOULS. In fact, they don’t even satisfy our bodies permanently.
Proverbs 13:4 isn’t talking about our bodies!
It’s talking about our souls!
“…the soul of the diligent is made fat.” As I pondered this verse, Matthew 5:6 came into my head where it says “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied”. When we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we are desiring to know more about God. We are wanting more and more of Him. When we hunger for righteousness, Jesus (as recorded in Matthew) says we will be satisfied. In Proverbs, Solomon tells us that “the soul of the diligent is made fat”. Psalm 103:5 says “[He] satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
…soul of the diligent is made fat…
…hunger and thirst for righteousness…
…satisfying desires with good things so youth is renewed…
BUT WHAT MAKES US FAT? WHAT SATISFIES US?
Then it HIT me…BAM!!!
BREAD!!! BREAD MAKES US FAT!!
And JESUS is the BREAD OF LIFE!
When our souls are diligent and are hungering after Jesus, striving to learn more about Him through studying (not just reading) His Word, fellowshipping with other believers (including sharing our struggles and victories), praying fervently in the Spirit, WE BECOME FAT!
I WANT MY SOUL TO BE FAT!!
I don’t want to be a sluggard that craves and is never satisfied because I fill myself with the “processed food” of the world and the opinions of what others say about the Bible. That’s the quick, easy, simple way out. Reading self-help books, attending church on Sundays (most of the time), reading a certain number of Bible verses every day, praying for a specific amount of time in a specific pattern…those are all GREAT things, but they won’t make me fat. They’ll satisfy me for the hour, day, week, month, or even year, but I’ll still be left craving more.
Only when I am diligent to pursue Jesus and His righteousness will I be made fat with the Bread of life!
Friends, what are you craving? How diligent will you be to pursue it? Will you be left with more cravings or will you be satisfied and FAT?