Thursday, 8/24/2017

 

Good Morning, Christian,

 

“It was short and sweet,” the way I would describe it, but it was a great time!!! Linda and I along with Steve, Chelsea, and Hannah went to Prairie Du Chein on Sunday afternoon and came back on Tuesday morning. Steve had a major exam for his fireman’s credentialing and needed to begin his paramedic classes at WCTC on Wednesday morning. The boy had a little bit of stress on him when he came back on Tuesday, but was entrusting it to the Lord (Prov. 3:5-7). God gave us safety to and from PDC as we traveled in the beautiful country of Wisconsin. The rolling hills all covered with green vegetation. There miles and miles of corn and soy beans along the interstate and highways to PDC. What beauty God has created and along with the farmers, they have made some beautiful scenery of God’s creation. We spent much time just relaxing and spent a most pleasant time going to Pike’s Peak on Monday morning. The prediction for rain for Monday and Tuesday were in the forecast along with the eclipse of the sun. We got up in the morning to a cloudy sky and as we looked at the new prediction for the day, it seemed like the rain would go to our south. We ate breakfast, checked out of our hotel, and headed to Pike’s Peak. As we drove through the town of McGregor, Iowa, we found it to be partially destroyed by a tornado. It had ripped trees down, taken housetops off, and damaged homes by trees falling on them and tearing off siding. The tornado came through the town at 6:08 pm on July 19, 2017. It actually began 5 miles west of McGregor and hit the town with 110 mph winds for approximately 5.7 miles long and about 400 yards wide. Only 2 minor injuries were reported, but lots of trees and homes were damaged. The scenery was beautiful as we walked through the trails of Pike’s Peak for about 3 miles. What a beautiful view of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers far above the water’s edge. We thank God for this privilege of seeing His creation!!!

 

1 Corinthians 8:7-8 -  7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 

 

Subject:  God and Food

 

In the beginning of time God spoke to Adam about eating. He must have known that man would have a passion to enjoy food. He told man that he could eat of any tree in the Garden of Eden except the fruit from the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Yes, man was a vegetarian in the beginning of time, but after the Flood in Genesis 6-9, the Lord open the doors to eat everything in the animal kingdom as well.

 

Food is necessary to live. As Americans living in a land of plenty, most of us can enjoy three meals a day with a balanced diet. Our next meal takes much of our time to plan, prepare, and consume the food that we usually enjoy. There are times that our meal is unpleasant and we stuff it down anyway. But, normally we enjoy the food that is cooked and most of us watch the waistline to see how it responds to the food we just ate.

 

Many American have discipline when it comes to food, but more than 50% are not too concerned about their diets until it is too late and the doctors say that one has to restrict his or her diet to live a better quality of life. Sometimes it is after a heart attack, a stroke, being diagnosed as having sugar diabetes or some other physical problem. Food is something that we do not want to give up in life, but at times it is a necessity or the alternative we put ourselves in jeopardy of death itself.

 

Paul says “Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do.” (v.8) The food we eat will not “commend” (to cause to be in a place of approval) in the presence of God. It matters not if you eat fat producing pizza or healthy veggies for lunch. God does not see us any differently because of the food we eat or not eat.

 

Paul writes in 1 Timothy 4:4-5, “For everything (foods – v.3) created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.” God created food to be enjoyed by mankind. He gave us such a variety of food for the body and tasteful for the taste buds. Do give thanks to God for each meal that you have with a heart of gratefulness. May God allow you to enjoy many years of good eating.

 

Enjoying my meals,

 

Pastor Les

 

Scripture is from the ESV® Bible  (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.