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Starving Faith: Blackjack

For 18 years we were fortunate enough to live in the farm house where my husband grew up.  It was a wonderful place to raise our children.  It was also a dumping ground for unwanted pets.

I will never forget “Black Jack”.  He was on our lawn one day when we returned home from town.  You could see that he was once a beautiful animal.  Jet black hair and a perfectly conformed head.  Yet he was starving.  The bones of his ribs were clearly visible through his skin.  There was no flesh on his body.  We weren’t able to approach Black Jack.  When we got close, he would snarl and growl at us and warn us not to come near.   

I don’t know what happened to Black Jack before we met him, but as I write this article, he brings humanity to mind.  Every day we come into contact with people who snarl and growl at us.  They are starving.  Starving for love.  Starving for affection.  Starving from the the lack of knowledge of the truth of God’s great love for them.  They may even be snarling at God Himself, warning Him not to come close.  And so, at times, may it be with you and I.

It can be easy to starve our spiritual selves.  Busyness, guilt, anger, disappointment; any number of things can take away our appetite for the things of God.  Yet to remain healthy, to maintain the beauty with which we were designed, we must remember to fill ourselves.  Otherwise we may find that we too are snarling; at ourself, at others, and at God. 

Reflecting on God’s Word:

It is likely that Black Jack relied on the hand of man to feed him.  Not so with us.  The Lord has given us everything we need.  This week lets make a conscious effort to partake of the spiritual food He has provided.

Following are some ideas of how we may do so.

  • Read God’s Word every day this week.
  • Talk to God on your way to work, while you take a walk, as you drive home from the store.
  • Call a friend.  Share a story that builds your faith.  Ask them to share one with you.  Pray for one another. 
  • Sing songs of praise to the Lord
  • Start the day before you get out of bed with a prayer of thanks.  Be specific. At the end of the day, as you lie in bed, do the same.
  • Pray for someone every day this week. 
  • Pray for your enemy.
  • Think upon good things.
  • Choose one of your scripture note cards.  Declare  it aloud this week.
  • Tape and/or watch your favorite Christian TV show.
  • Listen to your favorite Christian CD on the way to work and on the way home.

Our Prayer:

Lord, thank you.  Thank you that you have given us all that we need to walk in peace and in the fullness of knowledge of You.  That we do not rely on the hand of man to fill us, but that it is Your hand by which we are fed.  Thank you that as we lift our hands to You, we are satisfied.  That as we do your will, it becomes our spiritual food.  Please help us to fill ourselves with the good things that you have provided.  Help us to turn away from the “junk food” that does not strengthen us nor build our spirits.  In the Name of Jesus we pray.  Amen.

God’s Word:

Mathew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Mathew 4:31-34  Meanwhile the disciples were urging Jesus to eat.  32“No,”  he said, “I have food you don’t know about.” 33“Who brought it to him?” the disciples asked each other.  34Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work.

Psalm 4Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. 5My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: 

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