“Because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a Father the son he delights in.” Hebrews 12:6
Not all foods are equal. In fact, today many of the processed foods we eat are not really food at all. Some are solely the creation of scientists in chemical laboratories mixing together flavor profiles and artificial ingredients to create concoctions that incite the senses through the wizardry of mimicking real food.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of mimicry in the practice of the Christian faith today. I was stunned to hear a statistic that indicates that the average Evangelical Christian who indicates they attend church regularly, visits a house of worship about once a month. If we were having ‘church’ in our homes, that might not be so problematic. But, many do not read the Bible on a regular basis and prayer is a real struggle.
I don’t think this is coincidental. God’s word is spiritual sustenance. Prayer is like the fuel which charges our souls through connection with God. Going without both for sustained periods of time is akin to spiritual starvation. When the assault against vital health has severely weakened the health into bare life support, only watered down nutrition will even be tolerated. So while milk is a complete food and OK for babies who need to be carefully weaned to solids, it was never intended to be the sole or main support of adult nutrition.
A lack of interest in spiritual things – reading the Bible, prayer- often operates in tandem with lots of time for trivial pursuits and mindsets that are at cross purposes with what God desires to grow us into with Strong Nutrition.
Discipline for me is God’s way of bringing me back to my right mind. We will all go through periods of trials and testing. That’s just part of life. However, a test is meant to be passed and the transforming power of God is able to transform the victim into the victor.
This summer has been rough with the passing of my beloved mother and the emotional trauma for our family. It has been a strong primer from our Heavenly Father to learn about areas which needed attention and reassessment. However, I can also see that God has been disciplining me and my family through this process and I am a different person as a result. For this I remain humbled and grateful.
Strong food, like strong discipline is not given to the immature. If God chooses to discipline, it is a sign of His deep love. He alone knows who you are and who you can become. Just as a muscle requires exercise and training to strengthen to it’s fullest capacity, so too do Children of God require tuning and pruning to show up and shine right in an increasingly dark world.