Old Testament: Genesis 49:29-50:14
Morning Psalms: Psalms 97, 99, 100
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Gospel: Mark 8:1-10
Evening Psalms: Psalms 94, 95
In reading Mark 8:1-10, which describes how Jesus fed a crowd of 4,000, it occurred to me that those present were so filled with what He had to offer that they weren't concerned about eating. Their focus was on Jesus.
As I reflect on these past few years, I believe my focus has been on consumption. It seems that I'm as guilty as anyone in how deeply connected I am to consuming. What shall I eat? How much? What kind of food is best? Worst? And that's just food! Like most people, I also concern myself with consuming books, movies, T.V., social media, and sports (well, sometimes).
It's a fact of life that we have to eat and that we need to occupy our minds. I'm not saying it bothers me that I enjoy the things of this world. It's just that I know God wants to fill me up in other ways, and I don't seek Him out the way I do the latest Netflix series, or best seller novels, or the best way to cook a meal that's tasty and low in calories. In fact, the more I concentrate on consuming the things of this world, and the less I concentrate on filling my life with God, the emptier I end up feeling in the long run.
For me, it all comes down to habits. I have a habit of planning good foods to eat. I have a habit of exercising regularly. But I haven't formed the habit of reading God's word and praying to Him daily. It all seems so simple to do, but it will take concentration and effort from me and guidance from Him to rearrange my consumption priorities and practices. Fortunately for me and the rest of us earthly consumers, the Lord is willing to wait for that change. And that makes all the difference.