Monday, August 1, 2011

Acts 2:46

So continuing daily with one accord
in the temple, and breaking bread from
house to house, they ate their food with
gladness and simplicity of heart, NKJV
A different translation of the Bible uses "Sincerity" in the place of "Simplicity", and another, "Generous".

"-with gladness and simplicity of heart," NKJV
"-with gladness and sincerity of heart," NASB
"-with glad and generous hearts," ESV

It's hard to do that in America. We begin our meal with grace and really mean it, but how often during the meal itself do we cease to have a 'simple gladness'?

As a culture we revel in food, and always have more than we need. We are never simply glad to have what we have. Our food must always be delicious and our cravings satisfied; even when in a situation where we must eat food we dislike, there may be some game of 'being satisfied with what we are given', but we are not really glad for it.

When we enjoy food we revel in it and desire more.
When we dislike food we mourn it and desire anything else.
When we are neutral to our food we desire what we prefer and crave.

I want to be content with what the Lord provides. To be glad for what I eat and not grumble, audibly or mentally, whatever it may be and no matter how much I may have.

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence  of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.

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