I enjoy cooking. Even more, I love the dinnertime meal. Comfort food is definitely my favorite. A bowl of Red Beans and Rice or pintos cooked with ham are soul-soothing meals. Spanish Rice brings back memories from my childhood in the 60s, and don’t get me started on Shrimp Creole or spaghetti. My latest comfort food is an asparagus, mushroom, and shrimp combo with a soy sauce and white wine sauce over rice. Those are the evenings that I get excited about.
Today, however, I made a summertime standby: Gazpacho. Have you ever had it? It’s really quite good. Gazpacho has a partially pureed tomato base to which you add chopped peppers, cucumbers (as many as I can get to fit in the container), an onion, garlic, and a little oil and sherry vinegar. I made it this morning so that it can chill all day.
Cooked vegetables are wonderful, but you have to realize that they have been altered by the heat. Water-soluble vitamins such as C dissolve in the water, and you lose much of the fruit or vegetable’s nutrition. The heat enhances other nutrients, such as beta-carotene. I’m okay with the alteration, as long as I can also have raw vegetables, too, either as Gazpacho, a salad, or with a dip.
As I was chopping the vegetables this morning, I began comparing the study of Scripture with the foods we eat. We can read what others have written about God’s Word and get a lot out of it, but be very aware that it has been processed by another. Sometimes this is helpful, assuming the author has been faithful to the Word. Other times it has polluted—even perverted—Scripture. You have to be so careful what you are feeding your heart, mind, and soul!
As you listen to a speaker or read a book or blog, pass the words by Scripture. Is your antenna waving? If so, find out why. Are they faithful to the only Word that matters—God’s Word? If not, move on.
Lately I have longed only for the pure unadulterated Word of God as opposed to an exposition on it by others. I want to hear God clearly—to feel the movement of the Holy Spirit– without any veil between us. I haven’t wanted to inundate you with my words, either. Thus, I have been posting only Scripture. Sola Scriptura. I’ll write again, but for now, let’s focus on the written Word of God. Whether you follow along in Scripture at this blog or elsewhere does not matter. Just saturate your soul with the holy, precious Word written for our benefit.
We’ll be finishing Romans tomorrow, and next week we’ll start on the first book of the Bible—Genesis.