Date: Monday, April 15
Scripture: Genesis 1:28-31
Verse: God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. (Genesis 1:29)
Food seems to be everywhere. Our refrigerators are typically well-stocked, and when they aren’t King Soopers and Safeway are nearby. We can pull our cars up to a window, and have food passed to us for a price. Late at night on television there are ads that make us hungry. There are donuts in the break room at work, meetings over lunch, and catching up with old friends over coffee. When dieting or fasting, we quickly become aware of how pervasive food is in our culture. As citizens of a wealthy nation that works very hard to feed all of its citizens, we are greatly blessed.
Because of this we can have a difficult relationship with food. We eat when we are hungry, but we also eat when we are sad, celebrating, stressed, bored, and for a whole host of other reasons. Food can control us more than we control it. As is sometimes said, we ought to eat to live, not live to eat.
Today’s reading reminds us our food is a gift from God. This week we will begin to think theologically about our eating, and our relationship to our food.
Prayer: Thank you God for the great gift of food, and all the ways you provide for our needs. Amen.
Action: When you go grocery shopping this week, say a quiet prayer of thanksgiving for all God has provided.
Respond: What food do you have the most trouble resisting? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.