Eating God's Word

J. D. Conley
February 9, 2014

The statement, "you are what you eat," is to a large degree true. One who indulges in rich and fatty foods, will likely be overweight and unhealthy. Whereas a person who eats a balanced diet rich in vitamins will likely be healthy and trim. Much attention is given to feeding and fueling the physical body, but when it comes to feeding the soul, its often left to starve of deprivation.

In the long ago the prophet Jeremiah in proclaiming his love for God's Word said, "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart..." (Jer.15:16). The weeping prophet discovered joy in consuming the Word of God, and allowing it to assimilate deep into his heart and soul. Though saddened by the apostasy of his people he stood firm on God's message, thus his unyielding stance brought joy and peace into his troubled heart. The beleaguered Job had such a love for God's Word that he exclaimed, "I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food" (Job 23:12). Job chose to spiritually feast on God's words than upon physical food. He regarded God's words more needful than his daily meals! David affirmed that God's statutes and commandments were "sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb" (Ps.19:8-10). Being "a man after God's own heart" (1Sam.13:14; Acts 13:22,) David would naturally manifest an insatiable appetite for God's utterances.

But what about our spiritual appetite? Do we have a craving and a taste for a daily consumption of the Word of God? Are we hit with hunger pangs after a few hours away from the Word? How many Christians have put themselves on a fast from God's Word? Perhaps its been weeks since they last came to the Bible's table. Instead, they have opted to fill their minds with the junk food of magazines, tabloids and other such ilk. Time and time again they've chosen to return and graze at the buffet of Hollywood filth and fluff. More time in spent with the Internet and Facebook than with the Inspired Book. The sordid sweets of the world should nauseate Christians. May we purge our souls of such bilge and make a concerted effort to daily feed upon God's Holy Word. Make no mistake, you are what you eat. The question begs, where have you chosen to dine?