The Best Spice

“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.

 

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