January 10, 2019

Psalm 19:10 (NKJV) — 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

The way we treat God’s word is the way we treat God. God and His word are inseparable.

John 8:37 (NLT) — 37 Yes, I realize that you are descendants of Abraham. And yet some of you are trying to kill me because there’s no room in your hearts for my message.
John 7:19 (NLT) — 19 Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.”

Gold is called a precious metal. We value it above all metals. Is God’s word precious to us? Do we place a high value on the bible? Do we value it enough to read it, study it, meditate on it and memorize it? Gold fluctuates in value but God’s word never does.

Isaiah 40:8 (NLT) — 8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.”

Psalm 119:14 (NLT) — 14 I have rejoiced in your laws as much as in riches.
Psalm 119:72 (NLT) — 72 Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver.
Psalm 119:127 (NLT) — 127 Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the finest gold.
Psalm 119:162 (NLT) — 162 I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure.

Most people love the taste of honey. It gives a good burst of energy and is healthy for you. We love to taste what God has created. Many people show up for the church dinners and picnics, but they are not present when the word is preached or studied in a small group setting. Do we love the taste of his creative word, the bible? Would I skip a meal to study God’s word? Do I find satisfaction in feeding on God’s word? Do I obey the word of God? Do I heed its warnings?

Psalm 119:103 (NLT) — 103 How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.
1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) — 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

Matthew 4:4 (NLT) — 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Job 23:12 (NLT) — 12 I have not departed from his commands, but have treasured his words more than daily food.
Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT) — 16 When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.

One of the marks of a healthy child is that the little one has a good appetite. When they lose their appetite we take them to the doctor to have tests run to see what might be the problem. One of the indicators of a healthy Christian is that they have an appetite for God’s word. When a Christian has lost his or her appetite for God’s word it is an indication that something is not right. Could it be that love for Jesus has gone cold? Perhaps the way to get that love back would be to go and read and meditate on the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion. Visualize what went on there and realize it was for you.

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