On NPR’s Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me game show, author Michael Pollan was talking about his book In Defense of Food, he summarizes his advice by saying we should eat “food. Not the edible food-like substances” we find in the grocery store. Real food (how many ingredients does it have? will it eventually rot?). (sidenote: go listen to the whole show segment – it’s hilarious.)
Sunday, I was reminded how well this describes the goal of my spiritual life. I was told by a wise man a long time ago not to waste too much time reading books about the Bible, but to focus instead on the Word itself. Isaiah 55:1-3 is a good reminder:
Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
hear me, that your soul may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
Now stop reading this blog garbage, and go feast on the Word. Start with Isaiah 55 – it’s a fantastic read.