It seemed for every form I filled out or every item online I needed to log in, read and sign, there was still a dozen more. This college application process was getting on my last nerve. Quite understandably so, I was extremely frustrated when I logged in to yet another website to fill out this last form and it says, “Please note, this will take up to 30 minutes to finish. It must be done all in one session.” Have these people lost their mind?! I clicked on the next button and began the process which turned out meant reading, reading and more reading on what to expect, what it all means, what you are promising to do by signing…etc… I yawned and then yawned some more, rubbed my weary peepers and kept reading. (My eyes and computer screens do not get along at all when it comes to reading a lot of words on them.) Finally, I got to the end to sign and low and behold… yep. I had to read it all over again before signing. I skimmed the last part and signed. I couldn’t take anymore. (Besides, I read and understood the first time thank you very much!)
I wonder if that is what we do with God’s Word? Especially those of us who have been Christians practically our whole lives. We read it, we understood it, why do we need to read it … again? So we take a small nibble here, a bite there, skim a little here, and browse our way through this chapter, then we glance at that one, and oh hey! Look! We skip to another verse but we’ve read it a zillion times. Yawn and double yawn.
You know, God’s Word in Psalm 34:8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” doesn’t exactly mean to nibble. Take a bite and really let it sit on your tongue and enjoy the flavor! Like that piece of steak my husband grilled so perfectly last night. Oh my word!!!! I didn’t even want to swallow it the spices and the tenderness just melted in my mouth! Taste and see..It means to experience the Word of God. Get to know it. Peruse it. Savor it. BibleStudyTools.com puts it this way, “Verse 8. O taste and see. Make a trial, an inward, experimental trial of the goodness of God. You cannot see except by tasting for yourself; but if you taste you shall see, for this, like Jonathan’s honey, enlightens the eyes. That the Lord is good. You can only know this really and personally by experience. There is the banquet with its oxen and fatlings; its fat things full of marrow, and wine on the lees well refined; but their sweetness will be all unknown to you except you make the blessings of grace your own, by a living, inward, vital participation in them. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Faith is the soul’s taste; they who test the Lord by their confidence always find him good, and they become themselves blessed. The second clause of the verse, is the argument in support of the exhortation contained in the first sentence. “
So the next time you open your Bible to read it, take it one bite at a time and chew slowly before swallowing. You’ll not only get more out of it, but it will refresh your spirit and fill you with the goodness you’ve been longing for.
1 Peter 2:2-3, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Dear Lord, may we learn how important it is to sit at Your feet and learn from You. May we learn how sweet Your Words are to our souls and how good You are to us. Help us Lord to savor each Scripture so that the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts will be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Strength and our Redeemer.
© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges 2013