“Thou who knowest, O LORD, remember me, take notice of me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Thy patience, take me away; know that for Thy sake I endure reproach. Thy words were found and I ate them, and Thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:15-16
When was the last time you were in the word of God? I dont mean yesterday in church, if you went, I mean when you took up your bible and read Gods word to soothe your heart and your soul? When was the last time you read it because you wanted to and not because you felt like you had to? When was the last time you went into the word of God for the comfort it provides?
I think many of us forget our bibles and dont think of it as a resource! We get angry and we go to the radio and listen to some kind of music that does anything but glorify God. We turn on the TV and fill our eyes with sex and action and anything but God! We go out and buy some book that promises to make us happy or reduce stress or give us the answers to making it in life and leave our bible on the nightstand or buried in places unknown. Why?
As christians our first thought when we are struggling with anything should be going to the word of God! I am thankful that over the past few years i have cut out from my life radio and TV. I made the choice to remove those from my life so that i wouldnt seek refuge in them, so i wouldnt be exposed to the sins of the world through them, so i wouldnt be agitated and irritated further by what came from them. Now when i am irritated i listen to christian music or i open my bible.
Yesterday morning i was not in the best of moods. It was mothers day and i was supposed to be sleeping in and catching up on my rest. The monchers had had friends spend the night and Emma came into my room about 6 am and it was all downhill from there! Every few minutes “mom, can we do this? Mom, can i eat this? mom, can….!” I just wanted to lay in bed and rest until 7 and it wasnt happening. I was still tired from the past few weeks of working every day and i was hoping to catch up and it wasnt happening!
I was mad and irritated when i got out of bed and all i could think about is how i wasnt going to have the energy i needed to get everything done this coming week. After allowing myself to dwell in misery for about an hour i found my bible and i went to psalm and i started to read psalms of praise and worship and thanksgiving. I ended on psalm 96; sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
As i read it i was challenged by God to praise Him and not worry about my lack of rest! To get my mind focused on Him and off of myself! To think of all that Jesus gave up and suffered for me! Now i would like to say that my mood instantly lifted and everything got better but it didnt. But it didnt get worse! Instead of thinking about how tired i was i got my mind on God! I started thanking Him and praising Him!
Did my day go great? NO! Did i get the rest i wanted? No! But i thought about God and His will and His desires for my life all day instead of my own weariness! I thought about ways that i could make a difference! I thought about things that i do that i shouldnt and things that i do that i should do more of!
The enemy wants us to think that the bible is going to make everything change instantly and that way when it doesnt we get discouraged and we give up! We defeat ourselves! We give him the advantage because we arent in the word of God! God never promised us an easy path! The path is narrow and difficult! The road to destruction is wide and easy!
It is our job to be in the word of God so that we are strengthened and informed and knowledgeable in His ways! The word of God is our sword! If we never pick it up and learn how to wield it then when the enemy comes it is not going to do us any good!
Jeremiah was struggling and he was being persecuted. His life wasnt easy and he was suffering. He went and found Gods words! He ate them, he chewed on them, he spent time on them! He allowed Gods word to feed him! He let Gods word be his fuel!
When you eat something are you instantly made stronger by it? NO! Trust me, the whole diet thing takes a long time to figure out and to get right! We christians are to be eating the word of God! Just like you consume protein to fuel your muscles, we should be consuming Gods word to fuel our spirits! We cant just eat a protein bar and expect to get bigger muscles! We have to be consistent and we have to train. The same is in our walk with God! We are to be consuming the word of God and then using it, training with it, allowing it to impact our lives!
It isnt just about reading it and going on with your day and never thinking about it again! It is about reading it and meditating upon it and using what you learn each day to change you and grow you! You can have all the knowledge in the world of how to build muscles but if you never go to the gym to use it, it is worthless to you! It doesnt matter what you know about God and His word, if you arent using it and allowing it to grow you, it is worthless to you!
Are you in Gods word? Are you consuming it? Are you chewing on it? Are you allowing it to strengthen you and prepare you? Or are you just opening it on sundays in church or reading it because you know you should be but not allowing it to change you? What is the enemy beating you at because you are not strengthening yourself in the word? What is the enemy attacking you with and weakening you with because you are not feasting on Gods word? What is the enemy taking from you because you dont know any better or you dont know how to fight with the sword of God?
Jesus, thank you that you have shown me that your word is my life line! thank you that in it i can find everything i need to strengthen myself and be encouraged in my walk! thank you that your word holds all the answers and all the directions and all the secrets to navigating the narrow and difficult path! Grow me in your word! I want to eat it and to consume it and for it to become as much a part of me as my muscles and tissues!