Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Word on Nourishment

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How sweet are Your words to my taste!                 
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! [1]

It is that time of year when the festivities around Christmas offer us many temptations to overdo the intake of poor nutritious choices.  We bake more, eat more, and attend more parties where we are seduced by the food.  After all, we may not get to eat “this” again until next Christmas.  Munch, munch, munch.

Following such extravagance, we awaken the next morning with the resolve to be a better steward of our appetites going forth.

Our minds and stomachs hunger for extravagance it seems.

However, this may not be the case in our approach to the sound nutrition found in God’s Word.

If anything, we may err on being a bit anorexic when it comes to partaking of the Bible.

What we need is a steady diet of sound doctrine found there as we partake in the words of life that come off the page and into our minds, proceed to our hearts, and apply to our lives.

Once we feast on the divine precepts there, we realize how very hungry we have been and we begin to desire more of the nourishment therein.

In his first letter to Timothy (Paul’s apprentice “son” in spreading the Gospel), Paul said to and of him, “In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following.” [2]

You see, those within Timothy’s sphere of influence, could have easily fallen prey to the false teaching going on in their midst (referred to as “these things” above).  The buffet, if you will, of spiritual junk food was plentiful.  And as most buffets appeal to our senses of sight, smell, and taste, I imagine these false teachings were also appealing to the spiritual senses.

It sounds good.
It looks so right and pretty.
Most people are flocking to it.
What’s one little sample going to do to me?
It’s really not a big deal.

Not only could they have fallen prey to the false teaching around them, but Timothy also could have succumbed were it not for his constant nourishment on the words of faith and the sound doctrine he followed.

Constant nourishment.
Words of faith.
Sound doctrine.

When it comes to your spiritual nourishment, where are you feeding?  Man’s words?  Or the abundant buffet of God’s inerrant Word?

It is so easy to pull up a chair to the table of world views.  It’s pretty.  It’s plentiful.  But, know that the intake there produces nothing of long value.  It’s prohibitive to our producing fruit as sound servants for God.

Like a sugar high’s effect on us, we will take off quickly and just as quickly crash when we try to live off of junk as our daily bread. 

Daily nourishment in the Word is vital to our spiritual well-being.

At this time of year, and every day forward, let us gather at God’s table and partake of the goodness of His Word as part of our daily nourishment.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.
They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. [3]


Encouragement:
Read the above verses from Psalm 19 and note the nourishing qualities of God’s Word.

Opportunity for Response:
How has God’s Word nourished you recently?  Please leave a comment below or you may go to Digging Deep and post a comment there.

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[1] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ps 119:103). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
[2] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (1 Ti 4:6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.
[3] New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Ps 19:7–10). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

5 comments :

  1. It is ironic how we never fail to nourish ourselves in the areas we want...but neglect so often where we should.

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  2. It is my source, it is my everything. I seek His Word for every aspect of my life.

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  3. There are many tables we can partake from during this season but we should eat much more meals from our Lord's table. Great post.

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  4. Thank you all for your comments after reading today's post. God bless your times of receiving nourishment from His Word.

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