For the next nine weeks, I will be sharing the closing statements from one of the most eye opening books I have ever read on idols. Gods at War by Kyle Idleman digs deep into becoming aware of and defeating the idols that battle for our hearts. I encourage you to read this book for yourself to take a closer look and discover what areas in life you could be making an idol. Kyle states, “Idols are defeated not by being removed but by being replaced.” Isn’t it time to replace the things that are devouring our souls with the very God that is the lover of our souls?
Jesus My Portion
The god of food promised us a feast, but we came up empty. He invited us to consume until it consumed our lives. We tasted everything until nothing had taste anymore.
And so finally we came to Jesus. We discovered that he offers the one true feast. He fills our every need. Every hunger ultimately leads back to him.
David wrote, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure” (Psalms 16:5).
Jesus frees us from abusive, dysfunctional relationship with food because he is our portion and in him we discover what we were searching for all along. If we seek joy and meaning in food, then the source of our joy always disappears and always must be found again–a consumable god. It is different with Jesus.
Nothing tastes better than the joy and satisfaction of knowing Christ. Nothing nourishes the soul as he does. Nothing feeds and strengthens and renews us like the time we spend with him each day.
He bids us to take and eat. He bids us to come to the well where he offers living water, so that we never thirst again.
Think of a time when you’ve come in from the hot sun, drenched with sweat and with a parched throat, and downed a cool glass of ice water. Did anything ever taste better?
Such a moment is no more than a vague hint of what it feels like to be spiritually starving and to be given the bread of life, to have a thirsty soul and to drink deep from his living water.
Ironically, it is only when we find our meaning in Christ, when he takes the throne of our lives, that earthly food recovers its taste, its delight. In its right place food is a great gift from God.