I’ve been preparing for my small group Bible study this morning and, once again, I have been struck with the simpleness and profoundness of one small verse in Scripture.
Ruth 2:14, “At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come over here. Have some bread and dip it in the wine vinegar.”
I don’t know about you, but my family (especially Conner) LOVES to have warm bread with a bowl (yes, bowl) of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. But, I digress.
In her study on Ruth, Kelly Minter makes the statement, “To me, communing and dining are at the essence of relationships.” How true.
Think for a moment about the times in your life when you had great conversations over a meal. It might have been around the kitchen table at home with your family, a date with someone you didn’t know well or lunch with colleagues. Whatever the case, relationships are founded, solidified and deepened when we share meals.
For another scriptural reference, look at Esther 5. The fate of Israel is in the hands of Queen Esther. The king asks for her request and how does she answer in verse 4? “If it pleases the king, replied Esther, let the king, together with Haman, come today to a banquet I have prepared for him.” Are you kidding me? Esther has the opportunity to save her people–right then–and she wants to have dinner first? What’s even more interesting is that she does it again the next night!
Why? She was building intimacy with the King. Boaz was building intimacy with Ruth.
So, how are you building intimacy with the King of Kings–Jesus Christ? Pretty simple. Commune with Him and dine with Him. And you don’t even have to turn on the oven. His word is the bread of life and He is willing for you and me to sit down with Him everyday and take in His word and His presence. Psalm 19:9-10, “The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”
So take a moment today and have some bread and honey–or even oil and vinegar. And forget about the carbs. You’re communing with the One who gave you life and wants to have a relationship with you.