Friday, October 09, 2015

Do you eat every day?

Sandwiches with pickles and fruit

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Job 23:1-17

"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.
"… man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord" - Deuteronomy 8:3, also Matthew 4:4.

  • It satisfies our desire for what is truly sweet:
"How sweet are Your words to my taste
Also sweeter than honey to my mouth" - Psalm 119:103; Psalm 19:10.

  • It leaves us feeling joyful:
"Your words were found, and I ate them;
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):
"Moreover He said to me, 'Son of man, eat what you find, eat this scroll and go, speak to the house of Israel" - Ezekiel 3:1.

  • Drinking and eating it helps us grow:
"As newborn babes desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby" - 1 Peter 2:2; Acts 20:32; Hebrews 5:13.

  • Through ingesting it we remain doctrinally healthy:
"… nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed" - 1 Timothy 4:6.

  • Biting off and chewing its more complex and difficult portions matures us and sharpens our palette to discern good and evil:
"But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil" - Hebrews 5:14.

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. 

Unless otherwise noted all Scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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