Before 6 a.m. this morning I was making baked oatmeal and anticipating the flavors. I started grabbing fruit and nuts to add to yogurt on top of it.
Do you wake up anticipating the Word of God the same way? I had to ask myself that question today.
Do I anticipate a bite of the Word the way I was anticipating a bite of that baked oatmeal?”
Do I understand the necessity of feeding my spirit first thing in the morning as I do my stomach? Do you? Do you wake up each morning eager to see what God has prepared for you in His Word?
As you know by now, I’m on Facebook regularly. I find the memes that show up on my newsfeed quite entertaining. I am blessed with some friends who have a hilarious sense of humor. They’re always good for a giggle or two. Every now and then I’ll come across something profound.
This weekend I read one that stuck like glue. It said,
The Bible is meant to be bread for daily use, not cake for special occasions.”
I wish I knew who said it so I could give them credit, but regardless, it is a statement that has teeth to it. We need the Word of God more than we need baked oatmeal, eggs, or whatever we choose to eat for breakfast. It is as necessary for long life as the air that we breath.
Deuteronomy 6:7-9 speaks of the commands of God which are the Word of the Lord:
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.”
There are countless ways we benefit from feasting on the Word of God. Here are just a few:
- The Word of God serves as a reminder of God’s goodness and His plans for us when the enemy comes knocking, trying to sell us a bag of lies. It is the very tool the Lord Himself used when the devil came to tempt Him [Psalm 34:8, Matthew 4:1-11]
- A daily diet of God’s Word will strengthen us to do the good works He has called us to do. [Ephesians 2:10].
- The Word of God gives us a greater understanding of the Lord and develops a deeper level of intimacy with Him [John 1:1-14].
- The Word of God keeps us from straying from what is right in the eyes of the Lord [Psalm 119:11].
- The Word of God will order our steps and direct our path [Psalm 119:105].
So, are you hungry this morning?
Pull out your Bible, dear friend, because the Lord has prepared a feast for you. If you’re looking for someone to sink your teeth into this morning, why not start with Psalm 119. It’s full of goodness.