Holy Bible

Feast on the Word of God

The world is hungry.  It’s hungry for hope.  It’s hungry for answers.  It’s hungry for help. People are hungry. People hunger for purpose. People hunger for love. People hunger for joy.  But the problem is that in our depravity, we run to every so-called ‘source’ for help but the source. In our depravity we think of everyone and everything that might possibly help us but unless led by the grace of God, the thought of God does not even enter into our minds. People will search every deplorable evil for fulfilment: pornography, sexual immorality, drugs, greed, idolatry and adultery, before they ever think of their Maker. Indeed, Scripture tells us:

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” – Psalm 10:4

And all too often the people of God grow lukewarm and turn to things of the world to seek their fulfilment. We are not zealous enough of our time spent with the Lord, we are not jealous enough for our own holiness and the holiness of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are not careful enough to guard our faith and our peace. In Jeremiah, we see God’s heart when people turn astray from him:

For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and hemmed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water. – Jeremiah 2:13

There is a sense of outrage here, for the people have sinned grievously against the Lord. But there is also a sense of pain, an anguish that God feels for his people when they delude themselves into thinking these is fulfilment in anything outside of God. And this anguish and love leads Him to tell us plainly how we are to live and live fulfilled.  To the surprise of his hearers, Jesus declared:

…I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. – John 6:35

We are invited to feast on the word of God, to grow closer and closer to Jesus so that we may know in our hearts that He is all we need to be sustained, joyful and at peace and that He is our God and Saviour who gives us everlasting life. Our song will become “The LORD is my shepherd. I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)  We will know that all other ‘gods’ are useless idols who cannot save. Our response will become like that of the Apostle Peter, who, when asked if he wants to depart from Jesus, replied:

…Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. – John 6:68

Peter realised that Jesus’ words are life and give life. By faith, our conviction of this glorious truth will increase as we meditate on the Holy Scriptures.  It is not at all en vogue in our world, and sadly sometimes in the Church, to be a person who is intentional and disciplined in time spent not just reading the bible, but meditating and feasting on it.  But communion with God (both in prayer and reading His word) is time best spent.  In your time with the Lord lies access to the greatest possible joy, peace and fulfilment. And for this purpose and for many many others, God graciously tells us

…Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3