He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. –Deuteronomy 8:3 (NIV)
Due to original sin, we were all born in the pit. But by grace, we were given the key to unlock the door in order to crawl across the threshold from darkness to light. As we are brought into the light, we arrive as a baby in the fetal position. At that stage we are bottle fed throughout the day by our spiritual parents (pastor, mentor, fellow brothers and sisters in Christ). As we are gradually weaned off of bottle feedings, we graduate to puréed foods consisting of more substance whereas our feeding times become less frequent. Meanwhile an inward strengthening of our spiritual backbone is taking place. The next thing you know we’re sitting upright on our own and coming to the table to be spoon feed only three times a day. This stage is our training ground to learn how to work the utensil to feed ourselves. Eventually, we reach into the pantry in between meals and grab a snack on our own to tide us over until the next meal. Before long we go off and get a place of our own and reunite with the family only on weekends to partake in a big Sunday dinner. As with our parents, our pastors know just how to prepare a Sunday feast that is chalked full of nutrients. Nevertheless, we all know as nourishing as this meal may be, if we want to stand erect spiritually, we must take the responsibility to feed ourselves in the interim prior to the next weekend gathering. If we don’t adhere to this very basic instruction to maintain spiritual health, it’s no wonder why many times we live such a defeated life during the week. We can’t expect a miraculous infilling by coming to the table once a week. We must do our part to maintain the adequate strength to walk upright and live victoriously throughout the week.
Lord, I thank you that as we chew, process and work the Word on a daily basis we will develop the strength and skills necessary to overcome, conquer and walk in victory.