December 17 Devotional

On our one-year anniversary of our wedding, we decided that we would go to the nicest restaurant in our town to celebrate.  We had never been there before, so we invited another couple to join us.  I will never forget the meal.  I was trying to be the “loving” husband, so I told my lovely wife of one year to order anything she liked on the menu (we had saved our money for some time for this night).  Thinking we were doing a great thing, we ordered a Filet Mignon steak (she order the “queen cut” and I ordered the “king cut”).  I could not wait to see our steaks.  The husband of the other couple also ordered the “king cut.”  His wife (who weighed about eighty-five pounds with every piece of clothing she owned on) ordered the Prime Rib.  When the waiter approached our table, my mouth was watering for that HUGE “king-cut” Filet Mignon steak I was going to enjoy.  She sat my plate in front of me, and I was in sheer excitement.  The others received their Filet Mignon steaks, and we all three sat in wonder as we watched the Prime Rib being served to the skinniest person in our group.  I had never seen a Prime Rib before, and I was thinking it was a little piece of meat hanging on a rib … the piece of beef not only covered her plate, but hung over the sides.  We all sat with our mouths hanging open in shock!


The Bible uses the illustration of milk and meat to describe what we dine on in the spiritual way.  “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: For he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:12-14).


When we first started out in our faith, we were like a baby … all we needed was some simple truths to excite us (the milk of the Word of God).  As we grow up and mature in our walk with God, there ought to be a change in our appetite spiritually.  We ought to crave that Prime Rib that God has in His Word.  It takes more to get a Prime Rib than it does to get a bottle of milk.  Be willing to work to find these delicious truths in the Word of God today.  Don’t settle for the milk … go for the Prime Rib!  I learned my lesson in that restaurant.  We returned to that fancy restaurant again for our tenth anniversary … I ordered the Prime Rib!  I don’t want any less in my spiritual diet either.  I want to study to find the most precious truths in my Bible today!  Pull up a chair and enjoy the feast waiting in God’s Word!