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.

6 Replies to “NOT SO DUMB AFTER ALL”

  1. So true. When I first was saved, I was introduced to the Bible. At first I couldn’t put the Bible down but as time went on, my busy day would get in the way and I’d find myself catching a few scriptures late at night. To correct this I made a decision. 3 times a day my stomach demanded I eat and I obeyed. I decided I wouldn’t eat until I had spent at least a few minutes reading God’s word and learning. This simple exercise whet my spiritual hunger. My goal now is for my spiritual hunger to exceed my natural. As the Word says, “I have desired You more than my necessary food”.

  2. “man does not live by bread alone”. This passage is first found in Dueteronomy 8:3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every [word] that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
    “shall not live” – the greek word being – chayah: (Strong’s definition #2421) to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live forever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health; to live, to have life, to continue in life, remain alive, to sustain life, to live on or upon, to live (prosperously)
    Gensenius’s Lexicon further describes this word as to live well, to be prosperous, to flourish – “let your heart live,“ i.e. let it flourish or be glad.
    Check out Psalms 22:26 and 69:32. The same verb is used, same tense and similar construction. The word points to coming from God. He is the source of this life. These passages also hold some other clues as to ‘the condition of the ones heart’ and ‘how’ to receive this gift. The passages are worth reading in their entirety and too lengthy to post – sorry! Thanks for another great thought to start my day!!!!!!!

  3. Rather than tell you Pastor about my desire for and Joy I receive from your daily “Happy Meals” of His Word, I’d like to reveal more about the commonly unrecognized Spirituality of God’s creatures that I have observed over the last 30 years being on a humble, privileged and blessed assignment to care for some of His creatures.

    Let me first say that His creatures are far more OBEDIENT, full of instinctive WISDOM, TRUST and LOVE than man wants to admit. Take for instance the injured stray dog that just happened to one day limp by in front of Oklahoma State Veterinary College. He was spotted by a senior student, brought inside under many bright lights,amongst many strange white coats, X-rayed, operated on, given many painful shots and released. Only to come back on his own volition at about the same hour he was rescued for daily retaping of his splint for weeks until the splint was removed and he once again was made whole and walked PERFECT in JUSTIFICATION.

    His Creatures are THANKFUL and express it in TRUST and LOVE of those who care for them. So, do we as creatures made in His Likeness give our daily THANKS , PRAISE, TRUST and LOVE by daily appearing before Him for our sinful souls to be retaped in His Mercy through His Sacrificial death to make us PERFECT and JUSTIFIED in the Majestic sight of His Father ? So just who is the dumb and dumber creature ?

    Not wanting to diminish the impact of the stray dog story I’ll sign off for now but I have many other observations of His creatures to reflect upon to prove that His creatures are more special and should be acknowledged more often as models of His ‘agappe’ LOVE.

  4. I really enjoyed this. I’m reading a book called “Drawing Near”, and it puts a strong emphasis on feeding your soul. He (John Bevere) talked about how he started eating healthier and over a period of time he acquired a taste for healthier food. I’m finding the more i am feeding my soul with spiritual nutrition(the word) the more I crave for it. What I noticed just like with my past addiction with s constant crave, and never enough is how my spiritual hunger is . I need the holy spirit, its now my drug of choice,PRAISE GOD.

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