#24. To Recite Grace After Meals.
"When you have eaten and are satisfied, you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you."
God invented and has provided all the plants and animals which sustain, are nutritious, and which taste good. God invented and has provided soil... and rain... and sun... and germination... and photosynthesis... and genetics... and all of the other wonderful mechanisms and elements it takes to create food. Thanking God for food is therefore justified.
To refrain from thanking God for food is arrogance. We would not survive without God's blessing. We cannot invent food, only glean or process what God has already invented and provided.
When we thank God for food, we sacrifice any illusions we have about our provisions. Since sacrifice is love, thanking God for food is also loving God.
When the Israelites were provided manna in the desert, they did not seem to grasp these concepts of thankfulness to, and love for, God. They were ungrateful, grumbled, and God eventually grew weary of them. We should be mindful to avoid being like these Israelites.
What is the correct way to say Grace? Many say Grace BEFORE the meal. This is not commanded but also it is not forbidden. However, to comply with God's commandment, you would also have to say Grace AFTER the meal.
This commandment is not difficult. In private, it should be a snap. With family, it should be a priority, to teach your children. Since it is commanded to say Grace after meals, it can be done at any time before the next meal. This latter point also avoids any possible embarrassment you may have about praying in public when dining out.
Listen in to today's lesson for much more on this subject!
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