For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.…
Jesus is the bringer of spiritual spring into the soul. When He comes the time of the singing of birds comes with Him. He is the Sun of Righteousness who turns January into May. Really, we ought to understand that God allows every child of His to make his own almanac. We can have warm weather, and flowers and fruits and bird-songs all the year through if we only live in the rays of Christ's countenance. The sorest sorrows of life are of our own making. We shut out God's larks from our hearts, and bring in the bats and hooting owls of miserable unbelief. These birds of evil omen disappear when the dayspring on high visits our souls.
(T. L. Cuyler.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.