Do you feel the hunger for God’s word?
By Sparta Live | September 25, 2017 6:39 am
By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ
The Word of God is so powerful that it functions in many different capacities. For instance, Jeremiah recorded, “Is not my word like as a fire? Saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” (Jer. 23:29). Thus, God’s Word can be warm, comforting, consuming, and purifying like a fire, and it can pound and break the hardest of hearts like a divine sledge hammer (Exo. 7:14; 12:31). Furthermore, God’s Word is pictured as a light that guides (Psa. 119:105), a mirror that reveals the true image of a man (James 1:22-24), a sharp two-edged sword that cuts coming and going (Heb. 4:12), and a seed that can be planted in the good and honest hearts of men (Luke 8:11-15).
Yet, one of the most interesting pictures is the Word of God as food. Good and healthy food is a daily necessity. It is needed for growth and overall physical fitness. That is why Peter could say, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:2). When God’s Word is taken into the heart of man, his soul has no choice but to grow. Again, Jeremiah said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts” (Jer. 15:16).
In a similar manner, Ezekiel and John both “ate” the Words of the Lord and found that they tasted sweet like honey (Eze. 3:1-3; Rev. 10:9,10). So, the Word of God is a good, pure, satisfying, and wholesome food that is necessary for overall spiritual fitness. Like the pangs of physical hunger that must be satisfied from day to day (several times a day), the soul of every person should “hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Mat. 5:6). Are you hungry?