“If thy heart be humble, and thy palate spiritual, old truths will be new to thee every time thou hears them.” Gurnall.
I recently saw a billboard in town that said that appetite is the best seasoning. This is a take on Socrates who said that the best spice for food is hunger and for drink thirst. I think I can say that best food I have ever eaten have been accompanied with the circumstances of personal weariness and deeply felt hunger. At these times, I did not eat because it was time or because I wanted to, but because I needed to. My hunger made the meal far more declicious than it would have been under any other circumstances. I am reminded in this of my attitude toward the preached word. I am at times greived over my attitude toward those who bring me the ‘food and drink’ of God’s word. I can find myself sniffing it and picking at it and criticizing it or even pushing it away as ‘not to my liking’ like a well fed food critic rather than a man who desparately needs to hear a word from God. If you want to benefit from God’s word, whoever the minister of that word is and whatever his gifts may be…come hungry, come thirsty and be satisfied.