TODAY'S SPECIAL: Job 23:1-17
TO CHEW ON: "I have treasured the words of His mouth
More than my necessary food." - Job 23:12
Because of this blog's foody title and the way daily Bible reading, meditation, and prayer have always seemed like needed spiritual rations to me, it's no wonder that Job's mention of God's word as food caught my attention.
- Job pictures God's word as treasured and essential food—more important than physical food.
Here are some other benefits of "eating" God's word:
- It keeps us spiritually alive.
- It satisfies our desire for what is truly sweet:
Also sweeter than honey to my mouth" - Psalm 119:103; Psalm 19:10.
- It leaves us feeling joyful:
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart" - Jeremiah 15:16.
- It delivers essentials for ministry (a spiritual vitamin pill, if you will):
- Drinking and eating it helps us grow:
- Through ingesting it we remain doctrinally healthy:
- Biting off and chewing its more complex and difficult portions matures us and sharpens our palette to discern good and evil:
I don't know what form those "words of His mouth" came to Job. An audible voice? A deep heart conviction? Words written on a clay tablet or scroll? However, for us there is no question about this. For us who have the Bible translated in our language and available in dozens of versions, God's word is as available and handy as the pantry or fridge in our house—a banquet book that never runs out. Let's eat it regularly!
PRAYER: Dear God, thank You for the Bible. Help me to read it, understand it, and obey it. Amen.
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