NOT SO DUMB AFTER ALL
The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.
Sometimes it seems as if we are “dumber” than the common beasts, they are smart enough to know where their food comes from. I have a beagle named Phoebe, every morning she gets up like clock work expecting her breakfast. She follows me around and even begins to howl for her food, she knows exactly who feeds her. She never misses her breakfast unless something is wrong. One of the most important of all of our daily necessities is our spiritual food. Our daily devotional time, especially spending time in the written word of God, is essential to our spiritual growth. Martin Luther said that we sometimes are not as smart as the animals, listen to his comments.
“We all use God’s blessings every day, but we never think about where they come from—God. He is the one who gives us everything. Instead, we accept his gifts as if they simply appeared out of nowhere or as if we earned them through our own efforts, diligence, or wisdom. We think that God somehow owes us these things, and therefore we don’t need to thank him. Even animals don’t live that shamefully. Pigs recognize the person who gives them their food. They’ll run after her and cry to her. But the world doesn’t even recognize God, let alone thank and praise him for these blessings. If God’s people must be encouraged to praise him, how can the world be expected to do any better? It’s astounding how unwilling people are to acknowledge what God has done for them and to praise him for it.”
Do you know where your food comes from? Let’s face it, most of us don’t forget to show up when food is being prepared, it’s not like we are missing too many meals. Do you have the same approach to your spiritual food? Have you understood one of the foundational teachings in the ministry of Jesus, “man does not live by bread alone”? He was saying that we cannot even live without His kind of food. Jesus also taught about the blessing of spiritual hunger, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled”. How has your appetite been lately? This is a good way to monitor our spiritual condition, being hungry for God always prepares us for a great meal.