Consume The Word

In the message “When We Hear His Voice” we saw that despite many calls and pleas from Jeremiah, the people of Israel failed to repent of their sin and turn toward God. After many years of rejection, God finally turned them over to their own evil desires; “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people” (Jeremiah 15:1).

Jeremiah was in a very lonely position. He had faithfully preached God’s message to his fellow countrymen but received only rejection in return: “{I am} a man with whom the whole land strives and contends…everyone curses me” (Jeremiah 15:10). This rejection caused Jeremiah to also feel rejected by God, so he tried to remind God of his deep commitment and devotion.

Jeremiah 15:15-16
“Do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for Your sake. When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, O Lord God Almighty.”

Jeremiah hungered for God’s Word and often thought of his next “meal” with the Lord. Though he was frustrated with his ministry effort, Jeremiah loved God and desired to diligently serve Him. God saw the devotion in Jeremiah’s heart and encouraged him to continue on the path of faithful service; “I will restore you that you may serve Me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be My spokesman” (Jeremiah 15:19).

What type of devotion and hunger does God see when He looks inside our heart?

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to take an extended hiking trip with my son. We hiked 120 miles in ten days and ate mostly nuts, raisins, and peanut butter. As we hiked along the beautiful trails of Northern Maine – through woods, across streams, and over mountains – I spent many hours thinking of scripture verses. But I confess I also spent many hours thinking about pepperoni pizza with extra cheese. By the end of the trail, I had a DEEP hunger for pizza; a longing that made my mouth water; a hunger which had to be filled…immediately!

We must approach God’s Word with this same anticipation and hunger. We must recognize the world’s diet as being filled with empty “snacks” which ruin our appetite for real Food! The Word of God is a nourishing and satisfying meal which deserves our full attention as well as our appreciation. We ought to sit down and eagerly clean our plates; we should not play with our food and nibble around the edges. We must also be careful not to change the flavor by over seasoning with too much doctrinal spice.

Many of us are spiritually starving and yet keep His life-giving Food sitting on the shelf! Let’s pray for an increased hunger – a focused hunger which is satisfied only in our Heavenly Father. Let’s commit to being a well nourished Child of God and passionately consume The Word.

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

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