With the recent release of my debut album “Ornithology” I’ve been seeing the same question pop up more than any other. “Who is Foreknown?”. Well actually “What’s up with dude’s hair and beard?” gets asked more, but for the sake of this blog post we’ll stick with “Who is Foreknown?”. I’m a Christian. I’m a rapper. I’m a Dad. I’m a gamer. I can continue to list things but you’ll still be stuck with the same question “Who is Foreknown?”. That’s a big question and I don’t intend to try and answer it in a single introductory blog post. Instead of just trying to tell you who I am, I’m hoping to use this platform as a window into my day-to-day living. If you’ll take the time to journey along with me, my hope is that the question of who I am will fade into the background and together we will focus on the Gospel and the practical daily application of it. With that being said...let’s begin.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love to eat. If I’m planning a trip to somewhere I’ve never been before, the first thing I’ll do is Google the hot spots to grub at. If I ever skip a meal I end up getting shaky, getting a headache, and I turn super grumpy. I’m kind of like the Incredible Hulk (you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry). If I lose track of time, my stomach will let me know that it’s time to eat. Just talking about food will trigger hunger (this is the part where I head to the fridge for a little snack). I love food. I crave food. I literally will die without food and I know it. Now if I can only be as passionate about the word of God.
In Matthew 4, after Jesus had fasted forty days and forty nights, the devil tempted him...with food. The bible says:
1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
When I choose to go a few days without reading the word of God, I am starving my soul. In the same way I get physical symptoms when I skip meals, my soul groans when I’m not in the Bible. I am guilty of saying that I’m too busy to read the Word every day but I guarantee I’ll get my three square meals. If I can be completely honest, I think that growing up Christian and reading the Bible for years has allowed me to make excuses to myself. “If I don’t read every day it’s not a big deal. I’ve read the Bible my whole life. I know what’s in there.”. That mentality is the equivalent of starving to death, then someone offers you food and you say “I used to eat food all the time. I remember what it tastes like. I remember what it smells like. So thanks for the offer, but I’m good.”. Our souls need daily nourishment and the word of God is where we find it.
So how do I fix this problem. As a husband and a father, I want to foster a household that delights itself in the reading of God’s word. That’s why my family has decided to take on a challenge. We have agreed that before each meal, we will take a few minutes and read our bibles together. This is not a substitution for our individual devotional time, but it does ensure that as a family we are not skipping our spiritual meals. So far we have found this to be very beneficial. Not only are we reading more often, but we are reading together and then discussing the passage over a delicious meal. We are currently reading through the book of James.
Some may see this as establishing a routine.
I see it more as establishing a rhythm.