Can’t Eat Soup With A Fork


My house is always full of funny dialogue and unexpected quips. One particular afternoon at lunchtime I heard my 4 year old ask for a fork to eat her soup with. I giggled a little as I let her know that it would be less than efficient to use a fork to eat her soup. She was still convinced that a fork was her best option. This miniscule dialogue was enough for the Holy Spirit to drop a good nugget on me.

Most of us are trying to learn more about God’s word and how to apply it to our life. We read scripture and make an attempt to analyze and interpret it. But have you ever thought about how we understand scripture? From what perspective are we studying? What logic are we measuring the word of God by? Sometimes I find my pea brain trying to figure out why God did this or that, and then I realize that there is no way that my human brain can know and understand the ways of God.  Our human scales are off balance by nature. Trying to understand and interpret scripture trusting human logic is like trying to eat soup with a fork. Pointless and frustrating.

Proverbs 2:1-6 NIV “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,   turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—   indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding,   and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure,   then you will understand the fear of the Lord  and find the knowledge of God.   For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

The only effective solution to our natural disposition, is to pick up the spoon, the Holy Spirit. We have to submit our natural thinking to the Holy Spirit in order to be able to properly apply and understand the ways of the Father. To eat the bread of the Spirit we have to be willing to cry out to God for the spoon. Our effective use and sharing of the word of God depends on what scales (human logic or Holy Spirit) we use to interpret and handle Scripture.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Lord give us wisdom and understanding to apply your word to our hearts and lives. Help us detach from human logic so that we may bind our hearts with yours. Thank you God for your generosity. In Jesus name Amen!

Happy spooning!

J.E. Berry


2 thoughts on “Can’t Eat Soup With A Fork

  1. Nancy Silvers says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I love how God gives us nuggets of truth through such common place things. When I was reading this I thought of something else, some people want to read God’s Word with a fork-only eat what they want to with the tines of the fork picking and choosing what they like. I want the WHOLE truth so I choose the spoon-some of what we read is for correcting and rebuking but it’s good for us. Sometimes a spoon full of soup may have something’s we don’t like individually but in the spoon tastes so much better with everything with it.
    Looking forward to reading more!

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