Don’t starve yourself
I read Isaiah 55 and verses 10-11 jumped right out at me:
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
For me God reminded me of the importance of reading His word. Just like the rain and the snow bring nourishment to the earth causing it to bring forth food that keeps us alive.How much more nourishment is the word of God. Its easy as Christians to allow life to distract us from the word of God, we can serve the church and our community and neglect our relationship with God through His word. For us the word of God is more than just a book it brings nourishment to our bodies. It causes us to change, it corrects us when we are wrong and guides us in how we should do life on this earth. Gods word started creation off many people say it was the ‘big bang’ but it was ‘the big guy’ that spoke it into creation.
I felt challenged not condemned when God reminded me of this. I was reminded of a recent story about a girl back in my home town. The headline read ‘the girl that can’t eat’ She was born with a hole in her esophagus linking her mouth to her stomach. She had an operation to close the gap. But she never began to eat or drink even though there was no physical reason stopping her. She had to have vitamins pumped into her to keep her alive.
How many of us are starved from the vitamins that God wants to put into our lives. How many of us have gone days, weeks, months or even years without picking up the word of God and reading it. Unlike the girl from my home town there is no pipe pumping the vitamins we need! We just walk around undernourished in the things of God and this eventual leads to spiritual death.
Romans 10:17 says ‘So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.’ If we don’t hear then surely our faith remains stagnant.
It says in 1 Peter 2:1-3 ‘So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.’ ‘Spiritual milk’ in this verse is referring to the word of God. We need it to grow!
Each person will respond in a different way to the challenge set before us. But a response is needed. May you begin to feed on the word of God, may your faith grow as you hear the word of God and as you do you will find that God will accomplish that which he purposed in your life and He shall succeed in the thing which He sent it.