THE SWEETNESS OF THE WORD OF GOD

THE SWEETNESS OF THE WORD OF GOD

Meditates ~ hagah – to murmur or mumble “Meditation is to the soul what ‘digestion’ is to the body. It means understanding the Word, ‘chewing on it,’ and applying it to our lives, making it a part of the inner person.”

Have you ever heard the saying “Honesty is the best policy”? Probably been awhile since you have heard that, right? Take some time to research where that came from some time, some thing that we all need to work on. But you might be thinking, what does that have to do with today’s devotional. Well, that is a rabbit trail for another time perhaps, but for today’s lesson, we need to learn to be very honest with ourselves when it comes to taking care of us spiritually, and to do so, we are going to have to be honest with ourselves, REAL honest!

Like many of you reading, I do not do the best job of taking care of myself in the physical sense. I consume more sugar than I should, eat more bacon than I probably should, let’s not even talk about the coffee intake (oh yeah, be honest with ourselves, sorry), very little physical exercise, poor sleep, and the list goes on. Does that sound like someone you might know? Unfortunately, bad habits like these carry over into other areas of our lives as well, especially our spiritual ones, you know, the one that we are supposed to be spending time with God spiritual life. Strike a spiritual nerve, kind of like a cavity on a physical tooth? Yup, me too, and that is why we are going to talk about changing those spiritual habits today!

Let’s start by asking ourselves a simple honest question, again, truthful. By being truthful God will show us our sins and heal us as well as help be honest with others (okay, enough of that rabbit hole 😉

What was the main topic of the last sermon you heard? What were some of the sub-points of the main topic? Like many others, most of the time we do not remember or can recall, and if we do, it is not for a very long period of time. We might be more worried about where we are going to go eat after church, or rush home to catch up on the big game, or some other thing of the world that wants to distract us from God’s Word. This is why proper meditation is needed. You want me to do what? Bend into all sorts of crazy positions that will take a team of doctors to untie me from, no thanks! No silly, that is NOT Christian meditation, and sadly many Christian not only meditate in the wrong manner, but have brought the worldly type into the church!

Christian mediation is a verb, more specifically an action verb, and it means to contemplate, think deeply about, study, wrestle with, ponder. So why is this so important to our spiritual life? Well, if it is anything like our physical life, we are in deep trouble! You know when we eat a poor diet like lots of sugar or saturated fat, what do we feel like? Sluggish, sleepy, lethargic, lack of focus, etc. Yup, that is the same way we are going to feel when we take care of (or lack thereof) ourselves in the spiritual manner.

When we do not digest the Word of God, we might as well be eating dirt and gravel and try to get through sinful dark world! Look back in my life, I cannot tell you how many times I said things like “God why did you do this to me” or “why were you not there when I needed you” You know, blameshifted our problems on to God, just like our federal parents Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. In reality, it is all us (I know I know, honesty!), because we never give much thought, if any, to what we were spiritually fed.

Just as bad, we also have a problem on the other side of the same coin, and that may be we had a poor teacher. Oh sure, we have some preachers who have the latest tips on how to be a more hip, cooler Christian by getting fired up over the entertainment the service opened with, maybe a mention or two of God’s Word, and spoke with great passion and eloquence, but all it was was sugar. Like our physical selves, you are going to have a quick high, and then…. CRASH!

This is why it is important we have a solid diet of God’s Word, that we have some substance to chew on to get us through life, and those tough times, the trials we all go through, and God’s Word tells us about and how to get through them. When we have the solid Word of God in us, it stays there when we meditate on it, we we are praying it, when we are preserving in it. Sadly though, many churches do not give much meat of God’s Word, and worse, some barely give any milk, and what they give is not of much spiritual nutritional value and spoils quickly. But again, we can blameshift (which is a sin by the way) the situation to our church or someone else, or we can be accountable to God for the Word He Himself not only inspired to be written down, but allows this nation to be free to study and talk about Him, and we waste those opportunities too! Imagine how different this world would and could be if the over 200 million professing Christians in this nation were reading, meditating, praying over God’s Word!

Hopefully I have given you much to think (meditate) upon and that you will work on changing your spiritual diet! We ALL have room for improving upon and growing in maturity in the Word of God. He is not going to force us to do it, but we also need to take accountability for ourselves and what we eat, just like we do physically. The question is, will you?

#ToGodBeTheGlory

TO CHEW OR NOT TO CHEW…

TO CHEW OR NOT TO CHEW…

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15:16

 

Being in my new home with a loving family is a lot of fun! However, I also get into A LOT of mischief! Remember how the past couple of days I shared about my experiences of obedience and things we should not do? Well, today is a do not and a do at the same time.

I LOVE TO CHEW!!! I will chew on just about anything and everything, from mom’s house shoes, to cardboard boxes, to chew toys, and sometimes even you. But I bet if you think about it enough, you too see you like to chew, and on a lot of different things as well. There are some that are good, some not so good. There are some that will kill you (and me), and some that will heal you. Today we will be talking about the latter.

You see, part of you being obedient to God is spending time with Him; in prayer, devotion, prayer, reading his word, going to church to fellowship with other believers, etc.  And here is the dangerous part, not many take as much time as they should doing these things! Why? Because you are busy eating, chewing, even devouring the things of this world! Things that can and will eventually kill you!

Today, I Calvin, am going to try and teach you a little Greek 😉

There are two words we can use when we are referring to chewing and the Word of God. the first word is trōgō (strongs 5176), which means to gnaw, chew, or eat. It is used in John 6:54-58 four times when speaking of eating the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ during physical communion. Should we not also heed in obedience and gnaw, eat, and chew on the Word of God daily, and in the same like manner?

The other Greek word is katesthió (strongs 2719) is a word that means to devour, or eat until it is finished, leaving nothing; ferociously consume all the way down (kinda like I do my rawhide chewies!) This Greek word is used in the scriptures like the one above in Jeremiah 15:16 as well as Ezekiel 3:1-3 and Revelation 10:8-10.

Like me being adopted by this loving family, you too that are saved, have been adopted by a gracious, merciful, loving, kind God. One that sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the likeness of man, in the flesh, yet without sin, to save some through the shedding of His blood on the cross of Calvary. Not only that, He has given us so much in the promises in this life, but even more so in a heavenly inheritance awaiting us one day in heaven. We would; know more, trust more, love more, be humbled more, be gracious more, increase our faith more, and in all of these things, be a more mature Christian in doing so. So again, why don’t we? Let us take and repent of our chasing after the things of the world and run to Him who first loved us, that we can daily eat in fellowship with Him, in the reading and devouring of His Word.

#ToGodBeTheGlory