Are You a Picky Eater?

Now That’s a Picky Eater!

Last week I brought home pizza, which is always a quick and easy dinner meal. And Hot-n-Ready pizzas from Little Caesars is a family favorite, at only $5 apiece. But when I sat the pizzas on the table, one of my children said, “What kind of pizza is it? Not pepperoni again. Ugh.”

Now that’s what I call a picky eater, and that’s something we are training our children not to be! So, to respond to this teachable moment, we served this child some leftover rice and beans instead, while the rest of us enjoyed our pizza. (And rest assured, this child eventually enjoyed some pizza with the rest of us.)

Are You a Picky Eater – Spiritually?

If you are a born again Christian, you should have a ravenous appetite for the Word of God. But sometimes the things God says are not easy to digest. Sometimes they are hard to understand. Sometimes they are hard to appreciate. Other times they are hard to accept. And still other times they are hard to do.

God spoke some very difficult things to Jeremiah the prophet. Judgment, suffering and uncomfortable, unpopular truths – that was the nature of the words that God gave to Jeremiah. So, how did Jeremiah respond? Did he say, “Eew! Not that!” No. Here’s what he said.

Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart. (Jeremiah 15:16)

Is that how you respond to the Word of God? All of it? Do you take it seriously? Do you take it to heart and do whatever it says? Or do you take some of God’s Words and push some others away? Jeremiah learned to take to heart anything God told him, whether it was enjoyable or not. After all, 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, correction and life.

When I was a child,  my parents trained me to eat everything on my plate. When we visited a friend’s home, we were taught to eat whatever they gave us and say, “Thank you very much. This is very delicious.”

And that’s how we should respond to the Word of God, all of it. We cannot pick and choose what we like and don’t like. We should eat them all and say, “Thank you God. This is very, very good.”

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