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food for thought

By Joan Barisone
May 13, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

1 Samuel 14:1-52
John 7:31-53
Psalm 109:1-31
Proverbs 15:5-7

I have been following a food plan for freeing myself from food addiction for 108 days. Yea me!!! But oh, not “me” alone at all! God led me to this program! He’s known this desire of my heart longer than I have.

I struggled many days and have employed multiple Christian devotionals to assist, guide and encourage me. (I will get to the point of the readings--I promise!). But one day, God deeply impressed upon me how His food needs to be 1st. The verse, “...Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. I know now that I literally must go to Him for my most important food--His word. I am reminded that His provision in all things and all ways is enough.

So, munching on today’s verses, several Bible truths came in to view. In 1 Samuel, I saw Jonathan’s courage and faith as he ventured off with his armor bearer saying, “Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or few”. And Jonathan was correct. Yet, I wondered especially in lieu of the Proverbs verse, “ A fool spurns a parent’s discipline…” Was Jonathan being disobedient? I don’t know how old Jonathan was at this time, but it was clear he snuck away. A little later in Samuel, Jonathan is responsible for God not answering Saul when he prayed because someone (Jonathan) ate honey before the proper time. Jonathan didn’t hear his father’s order and then criticized his father for a bad decision as all the soldiers were faint and weary.

I had to consult a Bible commentary as this sounded so out of character for the beloved Jonathan that was David’s loyal and beloved friend. So yes, it concurred that Jonathan had indeed stepped out in faith and the LORD rewarded him with a victory for Israel. The commentary did say that perhaps Jonathan shouldn’t have admonished his father to a fellow soldier but should have spoken with Saul in private regarding the honey incident. By the way, the honey was there as a provision from God that had the soldiers been able to partake, their victory would have been even greater.

Lastly, taking in this spiritual nourishment I have a new appreciation for the word, “prudence”. Proverbs 15: 5-7, “... but whoever heeds correction shows prudence”. Definitions for prudence include, “graciously receives wisdom”, accepts, “Godly rebukes from others”and “chooses counsel wisely”. My favorite definition of prudence means showing wisdom in circumstances. That you can foresee and approach with caution. Valuable skills we can glean from the wisdom taught to us in the Bible-- “ that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 Guess what! I bought a Bible commentary! Uh oh! Not shopping addiction now!!!

Joan Barisone 🙂

To memorize:

With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord;
in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him.

— Psalm 109:30

Prayer to start with: Thank you Lord for your wisdom. We ask for wisdom in our daily lives, no matter what the circumstance. You have the hair on our head numbered and we know you care about all the details in our lives. Guide us Lord. Amen.