Eat this Book

April 27, 2009

in Everyday Lessons,Personal Disciplines

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I hope you saw the introduction to this series on Friday, if not check the schedule and inspiration for this week out here.

Open My Eyes

God’s Word is Food

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! v. 103

Food has often been much more than just nutrition for me.  A yummy meal stirs up feelings in me so real that I can feel them in my tummy.  Here are just a few of the feelings:

  • Sustenance
  • Fullness
  • Comfort
  • Rest

Often when a day is tough, food can keep me going. When I don’t think I can rise in the morning, a cup of coffee and bowl of cereal help me forget the discomfort I felt as I stumbled to the kitchen.  At the end of the afternoon, I often feel I can’t make it to bedtime, but once dinner is over (fast as it may happen), a full stomach means I can make it until the lights go out.

I open my mouth and pant because I long for your commandments. v. 131

The Connection between Food and Scripture

1God’s Word provides sustenance. It’s amazing to me how well I understand the idea that I need food each day but how quickly I forget that I need God’s Word.  Jesus was not so confused.  During his 40 days of fasting, Satan came and offered him fast food.  And Jesus explained that His REAL FOOD was God’s Word. A rumbly tumbly (thanks Pooh Bear) should call to mind my need for the real food of God’s Word.

2God’s Word provides fullness. There are days when the food is so tasty that I just can’t seem to find the ‘STOP’ button.  Those days are fewer now because the kids have become my STOP with ‘Get down pweease.’  There’s this strange longing in us to feel FULL and yet I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a second helping, felt full-FULLY GROSS.  God’s Word promises that it will fill us up but not let us down. It’s a fullness that is rich and sweet but with no negative side affects like big hips or acid reflux.

3God’s Word provides comfort.  There’s a reason why mac ‘n’ cheese and ice cream are called ‘comfort foods.’  Because, in some way, eating something yummy and carb-y fills a need for the closeness and intimacy that we long for in so many of our relationships.  When people disappoint me, I’m often eager to have an extra brownie.  When I feel lonely, food can be a companion.  But, God says that His Word knows us better than we know ourselves. It divides even our bone from our marrow and shows us our true selves.  Better yet, God’s Word points us to Jesus, the only One who will ever fully satisfy our need for intimacy and friendship.

4God’s Word provides rest.  There are so many mornings that I head to the coffee pot and pantry before I head to God’s Word.  And throughout the day, when I’m weary, I often hunt a snack for a quick pick-me-up.  A cup of tea and a granola bar can certainly energize me.  But, in so many ways, there is a REST I am seeking that food cannot provide.  I’m looking for a freedom from worry and anxiety and for an ability to release control over all that’s happening in my life. Even a ‘snack’ from God’s Word can remind me to look at the flowers and hear the birds and remember that God is in charge and working all things together for His Glory and My Good.

My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. v. 20

Make it Practical

God’s Word is real food, it’s the food we’re longing for that brings sustenance, fullness, comfort, and rest. But, we still need something to put in our bellies, yes?  I mean, even Jesus in his resurrected form had some fish with his buds for breakfast.  The issue is not, ‘to eat or not to eat.’  The point, I think, is to use something earthly and necessary to draw our minds toward God and eternity. Here’s a few ideas:

  • Post one of the Scriptures relating food to Scripture from Psalm 119 (or other Scriptures)  somewhere in your kitchen.  As you’re cooking or looking for something to fill you, read the verse and encourage yourself to look to Scripture more often.  (Change up the verses regularly so you don’t become too accustomed to the same one)
  • When you’re ready for a snack or a drink, sit down and read a verse or two of Scripture before doing something else.  As you feel the refreshment of the food, ask God to help you digest His Word too.
  • Before meals, instead of just praying, read a verse of Scripture (whether you’re alone or with others).  You never know-conversation or thoughts about the verse may be so filling that you forget about the yummies before you.

Your Turn

These are just a few ideas and I’m challenged by them all.  What about you? In what ways have you learned to make Scripture more like food for you?  We’d love to hear your insights.


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1 Gina April 29, 2009 at 10:39 am

Just like food, I feel like I can’t and don’t want to go a day without it. It’s funny how I always have time to eat but miss making time to read my Bible sometimes, though. Nancy Leigh DeMoss did a series recently about God’s Word and she said that hunger for the Word is different that hunger for food because the more of the Word you read the hungrier you get. That is so true! I read this verse this morning and it kinda goes along with this.
“My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent
me and to finish his work. John 4:34
Great insights and ideas! I love being surrounded by scripture but need to be more intentional about it!

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