When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16 NIV
We had a rental property for many years. Our tenants would put the rent through a mail slot in our front door. It was a good system, except for Mallory. We came home several times, and the bank envelope would be chewed apart and money would be strewn around the living room. One time, she had nine one hundred dollar bills hanging out of her mouth. She enjoyed the chase as we reclaimed our rent money but we initiated another method of payment for the next month.
Mallory would probably have eaten the Bible too if left alone. Jeremiah claims to have eaten the word of God. One translation says that he devoured it. Unlike Mallory, I don’t believe that Jeremiah physically ate a scroll or one of the ten commandment tablets. I believe he devoured it spiritually.
Jesus told the devil in Matthew 4:4 that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. He himself claimed to be the Bread of Life and we would never be hungry again if we ate his food (John 6:35). If we have a hunger and a thirst for righteousness, we shall be filled (Matthew 5:6).
We don’t always feel like taking time out of our busy schedules for devotions but when we stop and spend a little time with Jesus we develop an appetite for more. Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him”. The more we taste, the more we want.
The word of God is nourishment for body and soul. As we fill ourselves with the word, we find true satisfaction. Make time today for a balanced meal of prayer and bible reading. The table is set and waiting for you to come and dine.