Today’s scripture: Genesis 24:33; John 4:34
In Bible days, food was considered more than nourishment. Mealtime represented hospitality and fellowship—sitting together to munch and muse. Even enemies would set aside their differences and eat together at mealtime. Refusal to stay and eat the prepared food could be considered an insult to the host.
Although Abraham’s servant was fully aware of this dinner protocol, he remained intent on fulfilling his master’s quest above everything else—including his own hunger. “I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say,” he said. Fulfilling his mission was a priority.
When Jesus met with the Samaritan woman at the well, His disciples left him to go out and find something to eat. When they returned Jesus told them, “My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me.” He found more fulfillment in pleasing His Father than in the temporary gratification of food.
When we’re on a mission from God, it’s important that we stay focused and finish what He sent us to do.
- What distractions keep you from obeying God? If you had a choice between eating or doing something God asked you to do, what would you choose? Why is this such a difficult choice?
- How much fulfillment do you experience when you’re on a mission for the Lord? What could bring you even more fulfillment?