How to Feed Your Soul # 1 ~ blog
Hopefully, you have learned from the last two days of emails that our soul just may be the most important thing about us. We were born with it, it is part of us for our entire life, and it goes on forever in us in eternity…as does our spirit. Our bodies are temporary and make a lot of demands on us.
It keeps insisting that we breathe about 22,000 times a day. It wants water daily and skip that for 3-4 days and it becomes all systems “NO” and you die. It wants to be fed daily even though it could use less volume and less frequency. Overload it with food and bad things begin to happen. Then it also wants to sleep…for like 8 hours and if we do not give it the rest it needs you begin to get…let’s just say…weirded out.
And as the years pass it goes ever so slowly from being full of life, energy, and testosterone into a tired old man. I am only 67 and already I am thinking about paying someone to clip my toenails. I am thinking seriously about getting a bidet toilet for when I can no longer wipe my own butt. Putting on socks has become a new challenge and there are days when I seriously consider if I really need to brush my teeth.
I find it the epitome of irony that Jim Fixx, who authored The Complete Book of Running and started America’s fitness revolution died of a heart attack…while jogging at the age of 52. I am at 67 and jogging would be the last thing I want to do with this body. But I digress…
So, how does one care for their soul? How do we feed it? What things help it become stronger or weaker? How does one become a person with an “old soul?” Where is the Soul Train and how do you get on it?
It seems to me that our soul is similar to what one means when they talk about their heart. Not the blood pumping muscle that is the engine room keeping your body running. Also, not our brain which is the intellectual command center directing all of our thoughts, words, and actions.
Our soul is who we are at the very core of our being. When we tell someone that we want to “bare our soul” to them we are wanting to tell them what is going on in the real us. It is what we are thinking and feeling at the core of our being when we are not being influenced by some outside reality that is demanding our immediate attention and we shift from how we are doing in our soul to what we need to be doing in our world around us.
Now here is the good news. We can have an impact on our soul. There are things we can do to provide rest for our souls. I believe…
The health of our soul is a barometer
measuring the quality of the relationship we are having with God.
What happens when we wander from God or like the prodigal son seek to fulfill our flesh with more porn and sexual sin? Does it not grieve? It becomes a place of sorrow, shame, and self-pity. One feels guilt and goes into self-loathing mode out of which nothing good happens.
So, how does one care for their soul so that at the center of their being they are experiencing the goodness of God? The obvious Sunday School answers are to pray and read your Bible. But I think the answer lies deeper than that. Especially if the praying is only to tell God what you want Him to do for you and the reading is only to check it off your “To Do” list.
David tells us a lot in Psalm 62:1-2 and 5-8 about what our soul needs;
“My soul waits in silence for God alone;
From Him comes my salvation.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I will not be greatly shaken.”
“My soul, waits in silence for God alone,
For my hope is from Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My refuge; I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my glory rest on God;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, you people;
Pour out your hearts before Him;
God is a refuge for us.”
What awesome advice. David is not in a hurry to get to work and trying to rush through a “quiet time.” He knows his life is in danger and he is a target of a number of enemies. He is waiting in silence…waiting to hear from God alone. He is listening for God to speak and give him something in which he can hope. Then he remembers the times when God was his rock and refuge as he saw, heard, and felt the giant Goliath’s body hit the ground…DOA.
Then he urges us to pour out our hearts before Him. In your time with God are you doing that? Do you realize the painful place sexual sin has taken you and the impact it has on you and everyone around you? You are running off to do life before you spend the time to be silent and listen to the Lord of Your Life.
Tomorrow I will give you some instructions on what we need to do to feed our soul. However, for today see if you can find time to sit alone before God in silence for 30 minutes. Ask Him to speak to you and listen for His answer. Focus your thoughts on Jesus sitting on His throne of grace. Don’t rush off…in fact perhaps doing it for 30 minutes before you go to bed would be best.
Wait in silence before Him and you might be surprised by the thoughts you might hear. He is our refuge and we must be placing our hope on Him.