Scripture:

Acts 27:34-36 NKJV “‘Therefore I urge you to take nourishment, for this is for your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.’ And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.”


Observation:

God’s constant call to us is a call of renewal, not a one time, once a month, once a week or even once a day renewal but a constant renewal. And one of the ways that He reminds us of this call is through communion. It’s not a stale wafer and a sip of juice; it is a two way invitation. It’s an invitation to slow down the speed of the world and to share a meal in the presence of and with your savior to take time to see to the needs of the body in the presence of the one who ministers to the needs of your spirit and soul. Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again. But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a fount of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14)


In the middle of the chaos taking place in Acts 27, Paul urges everyone to slow down, breathe and attend to their basic needs: food! It’s the kind of need that we commonly dismiss as irrelevant during the daily crises and storms of our lives. How many times have you been rushing from one fire to the next, so you either skip a meal entirely or grab something to shove in your face as you run? An entire multi-billion dollar industry has been born out of this hurried pace. And yet, every one of us can admit that we are less gracious, less capable, and less pleasant to be around when we allow ourselves to be caught up in this unhealthy flow. It’s called being hangry.


Application:

Considering it’s so easy for us to skip a meal, think about how often we skip over the significance of communion! If our physical bodies begin to malfunction because of lack of food, imagine what happens to us spiritually when we neglect communion with God!


In the midst of your storm, in the midst of your life, slow down and make time to accept God’s invitation into a renewing communion with Him and then watch him speak to and provide all that you need.


Prayer:

God, I commit to you to pause throughout my day today to invite you into the everyday moments of communion. I seek your presence and allow you to minister to my spirit and soul as I slow down and see to my physical needs.

Song:

Praise You In This Storm by Casting Crowns


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