Bread – Lunch

March 26, 2013


Readings for Tuesday, March 26, designated by the 1979 Book of Common Prayer: Jer. 15:10-21; Phil. 3:15-21; John 12:20-26; Psalms 6,12,94

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Today “Bread” lives up to its name because we are going to talk about lunch.

From our reading today in the prophecy of Jeremiah: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” Jer. 15:16

Jeremiah “found” God’s word written (Scripture) and he “ate them” for lunch. (The lunch part I added).

I am reminded of a commercial a long time ago where the worker in his hard hat opens his lunch box, takes out his peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and gets this smile on his face as he tastes the goodness and appreciates the person at home who packed his lunch for him. Inside the lunch box of course was some treasure, like a yellow cream-filled cake wrapped in cellophane. Satisfied, the man went back to work after gulping something like a soft drink, juice, or milk. Not sure what they were advertising, but it sure made me want to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or go get one of those yellow things.

Let’s break this commercial into its elements. First, someone had to package the lunch box and put food in it. Luckily for us, God has already done that with the Bible. The Bible is a container which holds God’s written revelation to us, His words He would have us eat, savor, digest, and use to our good health. The food was put into the lunchbox with loving hands, hands which would have us live freely and victoriously in Christ.

Second, the worker has to take the lunch box with him to work.

Third, the worker has to stop for lunch.

Fourth, the worker has to take the time to open the lunchbox and remove its contents.

Finally, the worker has to take enough time with lunch to enjoy the food.

The questions are obvious. Do you have your lunchbox with you today? Are you going to take the time to have lunch? If you are going to take the time to have lunch, are you eating the food of the world or God’s words, His food? If you are taking the time to open Scripture for lunch, are you taking the time to savor and digest it? Are you slamming down the feast which God has prepared, or are you savoring each morsel, dwelling over each word and phrase, giving time to you and to the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart to the message which God has for you at that moment?

Jeremiah says “…and Your words became to me a joy…” Notice that Jeremiah does not say “were” a joy, but “became” a joy. We know that the words of God can sometimes comfort, but oftentimes also convict. Sometimes the words of God take us to the mountain and other times they take us to the valley. The words of God become a joy because, while eating lunch with God we are in communion with Him. While we read and think upon what God has to say to us, we are saying something to Him – we trust You, we love You, we worship You, we bow down before You, we listen to You, we follow You, we give thanks to You, we acknowledge Your presence, we recognize Your grace and providence in our lives, … We become joyful as we eat our lunch because one of God’s gifts to us through His Word, His Son, His redemption, His power, and His grace is joy. We become healthier as we eat God’s lunch.

We Christians often seem to be lacking in basic joy. Maybe it is because we do not find God’s words and eat them. Maybe it is because we don’t take time for lunch.

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© 2013 GBF

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