10/3/13: Feeding Time

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God has designed many amazing processes and systems like the water cycle, the rotation and orbits of the planets, gravity, the laws of thermodynamics, and the world of atoms and molecules. No less awe-inspiring are the bodily systems – how the respiratory and circulatory systems cooperate, how our muscles and joints work in harmony, and how our organs all do their jobs to keep us up and running.

To start our lives off right, God even put a nutritional system into place. A mother’s breast milk is the perfect food for her infant. All the baby needs for a perfectly healthy start in life is produced right there in her mother’s body. All she has to do is latch on properly, and her hunger is satisfied. The mother receives benefit as well. As the child suckles, her womb is drawn in to return to its original state. Mother and child experience an intense bonding, assuring them both that although the child is now a separate physical entity being outside the mother’s body, they will always have a spiritual and emotional attachment that should never be broken.

I was determined to nurse my babies because I was convinced that what God had placed within me was what I had to place within them. Although a natural process, it wasn’t easy at first. Even though he was hungry, my firstborn, Matthew, would not open his mouth wide enough to nurse. As we both got more and more frustrated, as the mother, I had to figure out a way to make this work. I called for help and was told to place my thumb on his chin to gently pull his mouth open. Once latched on correctly, he could receive the food he needed, and I could be relieved of the fullness that had built up inside of me.

How very much like this is God’s design for the mentoring of the younger generation. Titus 2:1-8 reads:

 

  • You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance. Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us. (NIV)

 

You see, the mentoring process is like nursing. If the infant’s mouth (the younger one’s heart) is not open wide to take in the entire areola (all the wisdom), the mother (the mentor) will suffer pain and the baby will not be fed. This beautiful, natural process, which has prepared in the mother the perfect nourishment, will be of no effect if the baby will not open her mouth wide and/or if the mother is too impatient to teach her how to receive.

So it is with feeding from the wisdom of older saints. The young must be hungry, completely open to receive, and seated at the feet of the right mother – the one God has assigned to birth her. The mother must be full of the milk of wisdom, determined to feed the young ones from her breast, not from artificially-manufactured formulas, but from that which God has developed within her. But also, the mother must be patient yet firm with babies who do not yet know how to latch on, drawing them close to gently show them how to take in the nourishment they need. Once the connection is accomplished, both will realize the benefits and feeding times will be sweet fellowship.

Are you a “mother”? Stay spiritually healthy, draw your “children” close, and be determined to “nurse” them. You are becoming uncomfortably engorged by not giving that food out. Are you a “young’un”? Stop, humble yourself, sit at your mother’s feet, not despising what she has to give you, and take the time to enjoy the meals she prepares. You are becoming sick and malnourished as you feed from sources that were never meant to be food for you.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

 

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~ by sanewriter on October 3, 2013.

One Response to “10/3/13: Feeding Time”

  1. Closed mouths don’t get fed.

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