September 30, 2010

Enjoy Fine Food!

Posted in Spiritual Life tagged at 9:14 pm by Mo Dardinger

Why pay money for something that will not nourish you?
Why spend your hard-earned money on something that will not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me and eat what is nourishing!
Enjoy fine food!
(Is. 55:2, NET Bible)

My father would have agreed with the first line of this verse. He often said of some purchase my mother or I made, “You can’t eat it.” He valued what could be eaten, as it was necessary for life. Wasteful, excessive, pointless spending was rejected by him. He didn’t have many needs or wants.

What is money for? To pay for our own needs and the needs of those for whom we are responsible, such as our young children or elderly parents.

Should we ever use money for something that we merely want, beyond basic survival? Such as for hosting a party when your daughter gets married or your son earns his doctorate? And for other wants, not just needs? This seems to me to be quite acceptable as well.

The limits on it may be a great deal more strict than we’re used to thinking, but spending on some wants and comforts seems permissible from the evidence we have in Scripture. Let’s enjoy our fine food and the other nourishment that the Lord provides.