Who loves food? If you are anything like me then you know what I’m talking about. I’m a self-proclaimed “Foodie” and love to travel, try new things, and experience gastronomy wherever I go. Gastronomy is a term I’ve come to love because it really encapsulates what I mean by “loving food”; I don’t mean it in a glutinous way, but more as an appreciation for the culinary arts.
The term is used to describe “the relationship between food and culture, the art of preparing and serving rich or delicate and appetizing food, the cooking styles of particular regions, and the science of good eating.” So, as a “foodie” or gastronome, I love the connection between food, coffee, tea, etc and the cultures and regions of those who create them. I love the art of presentation, it’s definitely a passion I’ve always had in my world travels. In fact, as I am writing this I’m on the road to Asheville, NC and the Biltmore Estate to practice my awesome Instagram and gastronome skills. But in all seriousness, I absolutely love trying new types of food, flavors, and unique combinations that reveal something unexpected and that present a new way of tasting what we consume.
As much as I love the art of gastronomy and have a passion for trying and experiencing new aspects of food, I also love taking the same approach to the Word of God. In multiple verses the Bible compares the Word of God to food or calls it spiritual food; let’s “snack” on the following verses for a moment:
“But He replied, It has been written, Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”
Matthew 4:4 AMPC
“When your words showed up, I ate them— swallowed them whole. What a feast!”
Jeremiah 15:16 MSG
“If you lay all these instructions before the brethren, you will be a worthy steward and a good minister of Christ Jesus, ever nourishing your own self on the truths of the faith and of the good [Christian] instruction which you have closely followed.”
1 Timothy 4:6 AMPC
“In the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this ‘milk’ will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life— especially now that you have had a taste of the goodness of the Lord Jehovah and have experienced his kindness.”
1 Peter 2:2-3 TPT
I love how God tells us to “intensely crave” His Word! Imagine if we approached the Word with the same passion us “foodies” have about new, unique, and exciting dishes? And what if we had the same passion for sharing our love of the Word as we do for our pretty latte art, desserts, etc? I believe that we are all called to have a passion for God’s Word. Just as I love to try new foods and flavors when traveling, I love discovering “new to me” revelation in God’s Word and tasting it in a way that I haven’t before. God’s Word is so full of rich wisdom, joy, and revelation that when we take the time to really search it out and not just stick with the parts we are comfortable with, we will see aspects of Him that we’ve never experienced before.
I love how the prophet Jeremiah puts it; when God’s words showed up he ate them and declared “What a feast!” What a feast it truly is to feed on the Word of God and grow and mature on the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word! My hope is to be a “Spiritual Foodie” and to make Him known through the fruit of my life as I am nourished and strengthened by His Word!