Sitting on the front porch was so relaxing as I enjoyed the beauty of the north woods. The owners of the fishing resort had placed bright red hummingbird feeders outside each cabin and it was a delight to see the little birds flitting around drinking the sweet nectar. It didn’t take long for the birds to drink the feeders dry. For two days I watched the birds keep coming back and go from slot to slot sticking their beak into the feeder only to come up dry. The feeders were empty and the birds went away hungry. The bright red feeders attracted the attention of the hummingbirds but offered nothing for them.
The Lord has given His church the responsibility to be a place where believers can be fed the Word of God. Paul challenged Timothy to: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2). He also tells us that the church of the living God is the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Tim. 3:15). The church has the responsibility to offer a careful and thorough exposition of scripture. I am afraid that many churches today resemble those bright red hummingbird feeders that I saw. They may have brightly colored programs, attractive music, and entertaining speakers, but they have eliminated the most important thing. A healthy diet of preaching and teaching from the Word of God is absolutely essential for our spiritual growth. As we continue to witness the unraveling of society around us it is necessary for God’s people to grow stronger in the faith to weather the storms that are coming. A shallow entertainment-driven Christianity just will not do.
I really felt sorry for those hummingbirds that kept coming back to the empty feeders. It was so great when the workers finally came around and filled all of the feeders again to satisfy the hunger of those little birds. Don’t be satisfied going to a church that has an empty feeder.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation