Eating meat is going out of fashion and butchers are struggling.
I rarely eat red meat but I eat chicken and fish – I couldn’t live without my Spanish Paella! (you are welcome to my recipe!).
I was wary of giving up meat a long time ago, when one evening, in the spooky dark outback of Spain, a group of people knocked on our door. They were bedraggled, in rags, and although they spoke no English or Spanish, through sign language, they were pleading for food and a roof over their head. I decided there and then that I would make an appeal for any unwanted caravans to house people in need, and was thrilled when several were donated. I’ve had the privilege of providing shelter for Romanian brothers and sisters in Christ for years, as well as other Christians who’d fallen on hard times.
We learned that some amongst this certain group of Romanians had never eaten meat ever. And even though they were all from the same village, having the same friends, attending the same church, I was rather taken aback on the very noticeable difference between them. The meat-eaters were tall, strong, and muscly. But the non-meat eaters were very much shorter, rather pasty-looking and weaker. And this put me off ever becoming a vegetarian, apart from the fact that I like meat occasionally.
Over the years my hubby and I have ministered in many churches, and it doesn’t take long to see who are meat-eaters!
God’s word speaks of meat-eaters and milk-drinkers!
“By this time you ought to be teachers. You have need again for someone to teach you the principles of God, and have come to need milk not solid food. Solid food is for the mature, who have their senses trained to discern good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).
According to this Scripture, some meat-eaters had ‘turned’ from solids to preferring liquids! And their rejection of ‘meat’ and their desire for the pale stuff, was causing them to lose their spiritual insight! Does this remind you of what is happening today!?
The ‘give-me-milk-only’ drinkers were becoming infant-like, falling for any ‘fairy tale’ ‘fad’ ‘doctrine’ ‘worldly concept’ due to losing their spiritual strength through sheer meat lack.
“Everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness (i,e, what is RIGHT), since he is a child” (vs 13).
Just like meat from a butcher is going out of fashion, the ‘meat’ of God’s word is also going out of fashion It has become ‘too tough to swallow for some! So you should feel well-blessed if you still prefer to choke on the meat of the word no matter how tough! Why? It means you have strength of character due to spiritual meat consumption!
“I fed you with milk, not meat, for you were not able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 3:2).
God’s word can be tough to digest sometimes. Although it may not seem so at the time of devouring it, it will be giving you stamina for when you need it most.
We need spiritual meat on our bones if we are to cope and survive this crazy world that ‘turncoat’ milk-drinkers are failing to stand against. But meat-eaters will get stronger, gaining more and more spiritual weight to do so.
The meat of God’s word enlightens. So if we have enough ‘spiritual meat’ on our bones, we will instinctively know what is right and wrong and what is displeasing to God. But milk-drinkers will be the deceived ones in the last days.
This ‘meat’ also gives guidance… “Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
So store it up! “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
Copyright. Christine Smith. 2022. Living Devotions UK.
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