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Heart Food

I love food! I love to see it beautifully presented, and I love to savor the taste. If it were up to me, I would eat more often than I should—although it wouldn’t help my waistline! So, it’s a good thing my wife, Martie, knows when to lovingly remind me to eat healthful foods in the right amount.

Reading Jeremiah’s interesting thought—that when he found the words of God (even the words of God’s judgment) he “ate them” (Jer. 15:16)—makes me wonder if I ingest God’s Word as eagerly, as lovingly, and as often.

Clearly, Jeremiah did not actually eat God’s Word. It was his way of saying that he read and savored it in his innermost being. And that’s exactly where God’s Word is intended to go. The Word is heart food! When we ingest it, the Holy Spirit provides the power to help us grow to be more like Jesus. His Word transforms how we think about God, money, enemies, careers, and family. In other words, it’s really good for us.

So, “eat” God’s Word to your heart’s content! No doubt you will find yourself agreeing with the prophet Jeremiah when he said: “Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart” (15:16).

Lord, cultivate in me an appetite for Your Word.
Thank You that the Bible is food for my soul. Lead
me to read it, to savor it, to ingest it, and to know
the strength that Your words can give to my often-failing heart.
The more you feast on God’s Word, the healthier you will become.

Insight

Righteous living will eventually meet with opposition and persecution. Indeed, “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim. 3:12). In Jeremiah 15, we see how Jeremiah lamented the unjust treatment he experienced as a true prophet of God. Yet in his anguish he received the assurance that God would stand by him.

9 thoughts on “Heart Food

  1. msmt says:

    FORGIVE ME LORD! ACCEPT ME AND BRING ME BACK ON MY KNEES UNTO YOUR FEET!
    Amen

  2. warriorbeau says:

    We shall wait on The Lord because HE first waited on us.

  3. ade91795 says:

    I always struggle with this. I’ll go a few days fully dedicated to reading the bible and engulfing myself in God’s word, but then I’ll slack off and shy away from him again. It’s a real problem that I have and I need to really keep it in check.

  4. pjcabuyaon says:

    Savor God’s word. Find time to read the Bible. Apply it in your daily life even in the smallest acts.

  5. amyarnold727 says:

    19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

    “If you repent, I will restore you
    that you may serve me;
    if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
    you will be my spokesman.
    Let this people turn to you,
    but you must not turn to them.
    20 I will make you a wall to this people,
    a fortified wall of bronze;
    they will fight against you
    but will not overcome you,
    for I am with you
    to rescue and save you,”
    declares the Lord.
    21 “I will save you from the hands of the wicked
    and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”

    REMEMBER THIS ALWAYS!!!!

  6. jervisbetty says:

    Lord Jesus , help me to ingest your word, to understand them, and be with me as I pray and serve you..in Jesus name. Amen

  7. lysander46 says:

    Oh that I had Jeremiah’s heart. That I had his appetite for His Word.

  8. nndhliang says:

    Amen.

  9. wencreation says:

    “The more you feast on God’s Word, the healthier you will become.” Amen!

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