You Wanna Eat?

by Lester Young

Here’s what you have to know: If you be willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land (Isaiah 1:19). Now, indeed, that’s a very well-known Scripture. Why, then, are we not seeing more, much more, ‘eating of the good’ of the land around the world? Well, if you asked me (and even if you don’t), I’d say it’s because we’re not eating the good of the Land. Don’t look at me in that tone of voice – let me explain.

If I may be so bold, allow me to present that verse above with a slightly different angle on it: “Be willing! Be obedient: Eat the good!” What am I saying? I’m saying that when God has given us some direction or task to do, many times we simply haven’t been obedient to Him. And all too often in the times we have obeyed, we weren’t particularly willing. You know what I mean: like when your mom or dad gave you a chore to do back in the day – wash the dishes, clean up your room, mow the yard, do this, wash the dog, do that…and, of course, you ended up doing it. But I guarantee you, that look you had on your face while doing it was not the same one you had in your prom picture.

Yes, you obeyed; but you did so with an unwilling attitude. Recall back to that time for a moment: because of the way you went about it, did you get a whole lot of thanks after you’d finished? And if you were like some of us, you might have even found yourself in line for a beatin’ – even after you’d finished obeying – because of the attitude (I ain’t naming no names…). Now, after we’re grown up, surprisingly, we’ve found ourselves acting the very same way toward our heavenly Father when he tells us to do something. Not surprisingly, however, His reaction is not much different from that of our natural parents: He’s not having it either – though His tolerance and self-control over emotional outbursts (spelled: b-e-a-t-i-n’-s) seems to be significantly higher, fortunately for us all.

God has set before each and every one of us ‘life and blessing’ and ‘death and cursing’ and told us to make a choice. And then, for the realllly slow members of the class, He blatantly pointed out the right choice to make: “Therefore choose life…!” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

How do we make that choice? Fundamentally, by simply receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior, of course. But once we’ve done that, what’s next? How do we continue to choose life and blessing? Jesus actually explains how during the Sermon on the mount: “Take [accept] no [worried] thought [about any facet of your life], saying ‘What shall we eat…or drink…or wear for clothing?’ (Matthew 6:31 paraphrased) In other words, you take a thought and accept it as the truth concerning your own situation as soon as you yield to it by letting it come out of your mouth.

We must come to grips with this maxim: Physical circumstances and situations cannot and must not be construed as absolute ‘truth.’ They may very well be facts, but facts are not automatically the truth. John 17:17 plainly declares what ‘truth’ is: “God’s Word is Truth.” Physical circumstances and situations – factual though they may be – are entirely subject to the phenomenon known as change. God and His Word, however, are not (Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8) It’s not too difficult to comprehend that anything which remains exactly the same throughout all of eternity must indeed be ‘true’: it was right and perfect in the beginning, so there has never been a need for it to adjust, change or ‘evolve’ in any way. God’s Word is, was and always will be the only Source of life and blessing (John 1:4, 14; Galatians 3:14; Revelation 19:13).

Our ‘how-to’ instruction for choosing life, then, becomes clear: be willing to say only the truth; that is, only what God’s Word or His Spirit tells you to say (and/or do). That’s exactly how Jesus conducted Himself, and because of it He was always right and always well taken care of (John 5:19, 30, 8:29). Don’t settle for ‘worried’ thoughts and rehearse them with your mouth. Just don’t take them! Those thoughts are simply whisperings from Satan attempting to cast doubt on the certainty of God’s promises or His character (Hebrews 6:16-18). That’s what he does – it’s what he’s always done (Genesis 3:1-5). Instead, take (receive to yourself, latch onto) the good thoughts, the things God says about you in His Word – that is, the actual Truth of the matter. Be willing and obedient to take those thoughts, to keep your mind focused on them instead of any contrary physical ‘facts’ that may be staring you in the face, and to purposely say those thoughts after Him (Philippians 4:8; Mark 11:22-24). Forsake the bad, worried thoughts and move up to God’s good thoughts – the Truth concerning your inheritance. That’s how you ‘eat the good’ of the Land you’ve been given, which is His Kingdom (Isaiah 55:7-9; Colossians 1:12-13).

As you saturate your mind with God’s thoughts and ways, they’ll get down into your heart and create an abundance there, and eventually your mouth will begin saying them (Matthew 12:34-35) – it’s just the way we’re made. And once you begin speaking in faith from that abundance of your heart (for what’s in your heart in abundance is what you truly believe), that’s exactly what’s going to start showing up in the natural (Mark 11:23). Jesus Himself guaranteed it, and it doesn’t get any more sure than that.

In order to start experiencing ‘eating the good of the land,’ be willing and obedient to ‘eat the good’ of God’s Kingdom first. It’s sweet, it’ll make you fat, it’s habit-forming…and it’s still all good for you! (Psalm 119:20, 103; Isaiah 55:2; 1 Corinthians 16:15) What other food are you gonna find like that?

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2 Comments to “You Wanna Eat?”

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