Spiritually Under Nourished

We must have time alone with God. It is vital. There are many things we must get directly from Him. There are also many things He wants to give us through other believers.

Ephesians 4:11: And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are all plural words. This study will focus mainly on teachers. The Holy Spirit is the primary teacher. Since God gave teachers we ought to receive them as what they are, gifts from Him. The Holy Spirit teaches us through teachers and for our benefit. Teachers and the others are commanded to be filled with the Spirit the same as the rest of us. We ought to avail ourselves of the best teachers we can find. The best ones will be the most filled with the Spirit and the most Biblical. Some of them will teach us by the spoken word. Some will teach us by the written word. If they are both filled with the Spirit, pupils will sometimes learn from the teachers and teachers will sometimes learn from the pupils. A Christian friend of mine mentors children in a school. A 7-year-old told my friend: You know God is BIG. And He can do a lot of things. What a wonderful sermon that 7-year-old preached. I don*t think my friend will ever forget it. Even though I heard it second-handed I will never forget it either. We need to receive God*s truth, no matter the source.

When we don*t spend time alone with God we become spiritually under-nourished. When we reject God*s truth from whatever source He makes available to us, we become spiritually under-nourished. When we neglect to attend the most Biblical church we can find or when we neglect to hear and read the Bible and the best Bible teachers we can find, we become spiritually under-nourished.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Genesis 24:63: Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide.

Very admirable was his occupation. If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes, could learn wisdom, they would find more profitable society and more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities which now have such charms for them. We should all know more, live nearer to God, and grow in grace, if we were more alone. Meditation chews the cud and extracts the real nutriment from the mental food gathered elsewhere. When Jesus is the theme, meditation is sweet indeed. Isaac found Rebecca while engaged in private musings; many others have found their best beloved there.

Very admirable was the choice of place. In the field we have a study hung round with texts for thought. From the cedar to the hyssop, from the soaring eagle down to the chirping grasshopper, from the blue expanse of heaven to a drop of dew, all things are full of teaching, and when the eye is divinely opened, that teaching flashes upon the mind far more vividly than from written books. Our little rooms are neither so healthy, so suggestive, so agreeable, or so inspiring as the fields. Let us count nothing common or unclean, but feel that all created things point to their Maker, and the field will at once be hallowed.

Very admirable was the season. The season of sunset as it draws a veil over the day, befits that repose of the soul when earthborn cares yield to the joys of heavenly communion. The glory of the setting sun excites our wonder, and the solemnity of approaching night awakens our awe. If the business of this day will permit it, it will be well, dear reader, if you can spare an hour to walk in the field at eventide, but if not, the Lord is in the town too, and will meet with thee in thy chamber or in the crowded street. Let thy heart go forth to meet Him.

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