The Right Nourishment

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. I Peter 1:23

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. I Peter 2:2-3

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

Thursday morning, a friend called, and he told us that a baby lemur had been born. The mother rejected the baby. My friend had agreed to take the baby, but then later decided that his schedule was going to be too hectic so, he asked if we would take the baby. We have hand raised one baby lemur from the age of six weeks, and we have had a breeder pair of lemurs previously. We love lemurs, and of course, we didn’t say no. However, we took the baby knowing that its chances for survival were slim to none. One crucially important thing that all animal baby critters require is colostrum. This baby was rejected by the mama lemur which means he didn’t get any of that vital colostrum, and unfortunately for us and him, they don’t sell lemur colostrum at the local farm supply store.

We brought the tiny little fellow home and set up a little incubator of sorts. We placed him in a snuggling warm, heated blanket to help keep his body temperature regulated. We fed him every 2-3 hours around the clock, stimulated his biological functions, and we even prayed for the little guy. The first couple of days, he looked to have a glimmer of light in his eyes, but by Saturday night, he started slipping away. We lost him yesterday. I wanted to beat myself up for it, but I realized when he came to us that his chances for survival were poor. Even so, I always fall in love with every little critter that comes to Hodge Lodge, and this one was no different. I always ask the question why, but I already knew the answer. He didn’t get the foundational nutrition required for survival. He needed colostrum that only his mother could give.

So, you may wonder why I am sharing all of this sadness this morning. There’s a reason, and I’m getting there. Medically and scientifically, we know that by God’s intricate design, He provided a vital food source for the creatures He designed. He also provided the means for the creatures to receive this source — the mother’s milk which is rich in colostrum. Our good God thought out the tiniest details for our tiniest creatures when He created the heavens and the earth. He made a way for their survival. He also made a way for our survival here on earth and even into eternity. God provides physical nourishment for each of us, but He also provides a spiritual nourishment that is so much more fulfilling, and to tell the truth, it’s a nourishment that I can’t live without.

Some days, I don’t feel as connected as other days. Some days, I get up, work out, prepare my lunch for the day, drink my cup of coffee while prepping for the day, and I run out the door without taking time to spend with God. In my normal routine, there is time etched out for a morning devotional, but somedays, I hurry out the door without feeding on the Word. On those days, I feel empty. I feel deflated. I feel off kilter all day long. I know deep down in my very core that God is the source of my existence, and on those days that I don’t make time for Him, I feel malnourished. I need that spiritual nourishment found in the Word of God. It is a vital source of nutrition for my daily walk.

Peeps, we are all going to die one day (unless Jesus returns first), but until we do, we have a choice. We can just barely make it through each day, malnourished, weak, and empty, or we can approach each day with the full armor of God, nourished, spiritually healthy, and ready to meet whatever challenge comes our way. In and of ourselves, we are weak. We are in need of a Savior, but we are strong in the Lord. He is our strength and our fortress, and He will give us everything we need. If you are feeling a little spiritually malnourished this morning, get in His Word. Feed on the Word of God. It’s the richest source of nutrition our spiritual bodies can get, and it’s totally free. Feast on the Word today.

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