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In the Bible we see that food and drink are good gifts from a generous God. If you don’t believe me, consider these words from Psalm 104:14 – 15: [God] causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the labor of man, So that he may bring forth food from the earth, And wine which makes man’s heart glad, so that he may make his face glisten with oil, and food which sustains man’s heart.
Do you see what God is revealing in these verses? He made food and drink not just to nourish our bodies but also to taste good and to gladden our hearts. In other words, bacon was God’s idea. I mean nobody saw a pig wallowing in the mud and thought, “I bet the back side of that filthy animal tastes great.” But it does.
So here’s the question: Who made food and flavors and taste buds? Not you. God. And all of this was his good idea to bless you.
Now let me take this a bit deeper. In Revelation 19:6 – 10, we see that food and drink are shadows that point us to a greater day when we will eat and drink with Jesus. In other words, one day Jesus will come back and together as God’s people we will enjoy “a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.” (Isaiah 25:6)
This future feast is obviously not marked by overeating or drunkenness. Instead it is a time to savor and enjoy the good gifts we receive because of Jesus. In the Bible, this future feast is described as a great wedding banquet where there will be eating and drinking and perhaps even a bit of dancing.
Here is why I bring all of this up. In the hurry and worry of life, we often overlook the simple gifts of food and drink. Instead of lingering with friends during a meal, we rush. Instead of enjoying, we consume. Instead of listening and laughing around a table, we push on to the next thing.
So this weekend, let’s try something different. Let’s slow down together and enjoy God’s good gifts of food and drink. Maybe for you this means you bake some cookies and share them with your neighbors. Or maybe today you invite a few friends over for dinner. Maybe tomorrow make a meal with your family, open a bottle of wine and linger around the table. Whatever you do, do something this weekend to slow down and savor God’s good gifts of food and drink. And as you do this, remember that you are rehearsing for the day when you will eat and drink with Jesus.