Comfort Food

“How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Psalm 119:103  

I love comfort foods and from the conversations I have had this past month since we began sheltering in place many of you enjoy them too. Maybe that’s why my email “in box” is full of offers from the health industry offering to help me lose the weight with recipes I can try and exercise routines that don’t require me to go to my local gym. My new favorite exercise is using my 50 pound dog in place of weights. All you need to do is take your pet into your arms and carry the dog around the house, or do leg bends (squats) or arm curls using nothing more than the weight of your pet. The video’s are hilarious and I’m thinking once I get done watching them I’ll get out of my ‘comfort chair’ and give it a try.

God knows we all love comfort foods to varying degrees, (I love them to the highest degree) and we all have some kind of food we consider our “go to” food when we are stressed. It could be healthy or otherwise but we all enjoy certain foods at different times. Today, I just wanted to remind some of you and make a suggestion to the rest of you to try God’s comfort food if you are not already doing so or didn’t think of God’s Word as being comfort food. God’s Word is comfort food for our soul! I love honey and I enjoy its flavor and to think that what honey tastes like on my palate, God’s Word tastes to our soul.

To say my wife and I love bread might be an understatement. There is nothing like sitting down at one of our favorite restaurants when we travel out of town and the server brings out a warm basket of their fresh baked sourdough and signature brown bread baguette’s. And to think, of all the comparisons God could make Jesus uses bread! In John 6:51 Jesus makes this tasty declaration, “I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world." Jesus wasn’t saying His body was physical bread. He was using physical bread to teach a much more important spiritual truth. Jesus was teaching that His death on the Cross would do far more than physical bread ever could.

Bread might help sustain our temporal life but Jesus death upon the Cross provides eternal life to everyone who receives the forgiveness His broken body and shed blood provide. Talk about comfort food! Try it for yourself and discover like the psalmist in Psalm 34:8 who invites us, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused tremendous stress upon the majority of the worlds population and we are all looking for comfort for our heart and soul. The good news of the gospel is, God’s Word is comfort to our soul. Feed on the Word of God today, loved one, enjoy as many helpings as your heart desires knowing that it might taste like honey to our souls, its always calorie free!

“But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' "

Matthew 4:4  


Michael Osthimer





no categories


no tags