Comfort Food and Spiritual Comfort Food
“Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
During the Christmas season some people may consume too much of the delicious comfort food. If you have an especially stressful day do you crave comfort food? Do you also have the same craving for spiritual food?
According to Wikipedia “Comfort food is traditionally eaten food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it, frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation. The nostalgic element most comfort food has may be specific to either the individual or a specific culture.”
Examples of comfort food are listed in Wikipedia for different countries. For example: Australia and New Zealand - lamb chops - butterscotch apple dumplings; Britain - fish and chips - bread and butter pudding; and the United States - macaroni and cheese - dinner rolls.
In the Book of Exodus, when Moses was leading the Israelites out of Egypt, God miraculously supplied 40 years of comfort food of manna and quail to them when they were in the wilderness. The manna was described as “thin flakes, white like frost, white like coriander seed, and it tasted like honey cakes”. According to a footnote in my Bible, the Hebrew “people gathered it, ground it like grain, and made it into honey-tasting pancakes” (NLT). I don't know about you, but the honey-tasting pancakes sound pretty good to me. The manna and quail sustained their lives.
However, there is another kind of comfort food and that is spiritual comfort food. In the Book of John, Jesus explained that He is the true bread from heaven. He said: “The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world”. Jesus also said: “I am the bread of life”. Our spirit necessitates a well-balanced diet of not only comfort food for sustaining us physically, but also spiritual comfort food to sustain and deepen our spiritual life.
In the Model Prayer in Matthew 6, Jesus was teaching how to pray. Verse 11 was the first petition in the prayer. The verse is asking our Father in heaven to “Give us this day our daily bread”. We often think when we say this prayer that the verse was asking God to provide our daily food, such as the honey-tasting pancakes, and that may be one meaning. However, it may have a dual meaning, and that is to ask our Father in heaven to “give us this day our (spiritual) bread”.
So, with all the hustle and bustle of this sacred Christmas season, while you are enjoying all the seasonal comfort foods, why not stop to tarry awhile to feast on His Word to also feed your soul.
Psalm 119:103 says: “How sweet Your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey”.
Lord God, thank You for Your Word that will always be spiritual comfort food to us. Help us to linger awhile during this season to feed upon the true bread of heaven. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington