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Um…Dude, You’ve Got to Open It First

Those are the exact words I said to my 8-month-old yesterday when I was preparing to feed him. I sat the spoon and the food down on the tray and he proceeded to pick up the tub of pureed veggies and fruit and shove it in his mouth. My first words were, “That’s not how this works.” The next ones were, “Um…dude, you’ve got to open it first.” I thought about how silly it was that he thought he could get satisfaction that way. And then I thought how we do the exact same thing. Maybe not in such an overt way, but how many of us have Bibles that we don’t pick up every day? How many of us require wisdom, understanding and just plain old sustenance, and we don’t seek out our answer in the Word of God? Yeah…me neither. *shifts uncomfortably in my seat*

The Word of God only helps us when we open it. And not only that, it must be consumed. If I opened that tub of food and just set it in front of the tiny person: firstly, there’d be an imminent disaster that would need to be cleaned up post haste. Secondly, he would be super cranky because he didn’t get the nourishment he needed. We don’t just eat once and are satisfied. We must consume our food on a regular basis. Why do we try that with our Bibles? In many places, the Word of God likens itself to food in our mouths.

  • Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
  • Matthew 4:4 states, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
  • 1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1:8 and while it doesn’t specifically mention food, it does tell us not to let “the book of the law depart from our mouths.” I for one don’t like letting food depart from my mouth so for me, it applies. Also to “meditate on it day and night.” I like to eat day and night so ipso facto, it also applies. Romans 10:8 tells us, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” So keep the Word of God in your mouth — chew on it, gorge yourself — for when you do that, it has an awesome benefit. It reaches your heart.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.

Colossians 3:16a

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