Comfort Food

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I’ve heard it’s mac and cheese.  Maybe for you it’s chicken and dumplings.  Perhaps it’s just something from your childhood.  I was grocery shopping today and was ready to go to the check out line when I remembered I was out of my comfort food so I did NOT do the right thing … I returned and bought …

Siri says that comfort food provides a nostalgic or sentimental value to someone … or an individual.

I will admit that maybe mine is a little crazy … just give me some good ol’ tortilla chips!  I don’t even need salsa or guacamole … although that sure sounds good!  Just make those chips salty!

What do I grab for when I feel “the need”?  Tortilla chips!  I have been known to get up in the middle of the night and grab a handful (well maybe two or three handfuls!) while devouring my other comfort food … the Word of God.

It’s so happens that many nights I cannot sleep long or well or not at all so I often have my devotions in the middle of the night (and not always with chips!  Of course it helps when I don’t have them in the house!!)

The Bible is many things to us and it IS and DOES bring us comfort.  What do you go to when you have/are …

lonely
Hebrews 13:5, “I  will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

a prolonged illness
Psalms 103:3, “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities: who healeth all 
thy diseases”

a wayward child
Acts 11:14, “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy 
house shall be saved.”

betrayed by a friend
Colossians 3:13, “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another,
if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, 
so also do ye.”
Proverbs 18:24, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

loss of job or promotion
Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts 
shall be established.”
Romans 12:11, “Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving 
the Lord”

barrenness
Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in 
prayer.”

death of a loved one
Deuteronomy 31:8, “The LORD himself goes before you and will be with 
you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do 
not be discouraged.”
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.”

spouse’s dementia
Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor 
angels, nor rulers, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor 
depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us 
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

a pending move
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not 
lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will make straight (direct) your paths.”

financial difficulties
Philippians 4:19, “My God shall supply all your need according to 
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

marital problems
Proverbs 10:12, “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all 
sins.”

singleness
Hosea 2:19, “And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will 
betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in 
loving kindness, and in mercies.”

business decisions
Psalm 1:1-3, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor stands in the path of  sinners, nor sits in the seat of 
the scornful; but  his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His 
law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by 
the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose 
leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”

discouraged
John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may
have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation, but take courage;
I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 27:14, Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take 
courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”

What is it you need?  Turn to “the Word”!  Look in the Book!  

If food is important to our physical bodies (a well rounded diet … not just our favorite “comfort food”!) how much more is His Word, our spiritual food, needed by our spirits!  We can and do find comfort in His Word …but it is so much more!  Study it, meditate upon it, get it into your spirit!

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