Enjoying the Gift of Food, Day 29

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I’ve been dwelling on Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 for several days now.

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” 

God’s good gifts. The Bible speaks of the many blessings we have in Christ Jesus, but sometimes, we take these for granted. I often forget that eating, drinking, and finding satisfaction in work is a gift of God. I don’t always remember to pray and praise God before eating a meal. I don’t typically think about God as I drink a glass of water or a cup of coffee in the morning when I wake up.

Sometimes in the church, we get too caught up in the spiritual and we overspiritualize things, but it is godly to eat and drink. God wants good things for His children. In addition to spiritual gifts, God deeply cares about our physical and intellectual, and even material needs.

  • God created food for His children. Genesis 1:29 says, “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
  • God provides for our physical nourishment needs to draw us to Him. Exodus 16:12 says, ““I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”
  • God provides for our spiritual nourishment needs to draw us to Him. John 6:35 says, “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” 
  • God reminds us not to worry about our food or drink. Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?
  • Our eating and drinking and doing work is to bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
  • God reminds us not to overspiritualize food or make it an idol also. 1 Corinthians 8:8 says, “But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Do you make an effort to enjoy the food you eat and the things you drink? Do you praise God for the gift of nourishment and delight in food/drink? Do you take the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and to find satisfaction in your work? Do you praise God for the work you have?

Why is this important in a marriage?

  • Eating together provides you a sense of community.
  • Eating together provides time for communication.
  • Eating together provides time for encouragement.
  • Eating together reminds you of God’s good gifts and cultivates thankfulness.
  • Breaking bread together is a form of intimacy.
  • Sharing a good experience together can foster unity.
  • Eating together shows you prioritize one another and value each other’s time.
  • Eating together gives you an opportunity to have fun and laugh and enjoy one another.
  • Eating together gives you an opportunity to be a good witness and to treat others with respect and dignity (to wait staff, your children, guests, etc).
  • Eating together gives you an opportunity to share with one another.
  • Eating together provides time to relax and de-stress.

Psalm 107:9 says, “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” Enjoy the blessings God has given you, and make time to eat and drink together.

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1 Comment

  1. Mike with Karen

    You are right about not thanking God each meal for our food. I sometimes forget. But there is another reason. The prayer seems to be rote which we are warned against, because it looses its meaning. I find that I say the same words over and over and over. This is disturbing to me for some reason. What suggestions do you have? (I know this is for wives, but this is a husband writing. I too have enjoyed your posts this month.)

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