Friday, 06 September 2013 12:06

Eat All You Want

Written by  Pamela Boswell, Eastwood Counseling Center
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Are you hungry? Have you tried ‘munching’ on several things but just don’t seem satisfied? Do you find yourself stopping and reading ads that say “eat all you want and still lose weight?” Maybe it’s not your body that’s starving; maybe it’s your soul. “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things” (Psalm 107:9).

 

The Bible is one of the best selling books in history. Because men were willing to sacrifice their lives, it is available in your spoken language. Just 500 years ago this was not true. The Bible is the very Word of God. He breathed it (2 Timothy 3:16). It is the only place where He reveals Himself specifically to us and explains the purpose of life. In it you can find wisdom for daily living and comfort in times of trouble. You may look elsewhere in the world for wisdom and comfort, but God’s ways are contrary to the world’s and your efforts will be frustrated. God’s Word shows us just how much God loves us (John 3:16), and it is because of His love that we are drawn to love Him in return (1 John 4:19). Perhaps you agree with all I have said, but don’t know where to start satisfying your hungry soul with the Word of God. Here are a few suggestions.

 

The beginning is always a good place to start. Genesis introduces the Godhead and lays out the foundations for the rest of the story. The entire Bible is about Jesus--from the Old Testament which shows our need for a redeemer and gives prophecies of His coming, to the New Testament that tells of His life and ministry on earth. Reading your Bible regularly helps you know and love Christ, and enables you to become more like Him. By the age of 12, He was well acquainted with Scripture, which enabled Him to respond to Satan’s temptations later with the written Word. Read the gospels for information on Jesus’ life and ministry on earth. Matthew refers to the Old Testament prophecies and their fulfillment. The book of John was written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ (John 20:31). Those who knew Him and lived with Him give their accounts in the gospels.

 

Reading the Bible may keep you from wasting years of your life on things that really do not matter and will not last (Matthew 7:24-27), as well as keep you from making mistakes that will cause heartache and regrets. Go to Proverbs for wisdom which can be applied to daily living. With 31 chapters in Proverbs, it is perfect for reading one a day each month. The New Testament letters were written to the early Church and are filled with instruction for dealing with the situations of life that you face. Don’t wait until you need to make a decision. Fill yourself with Godly wisdom and you will be prepared for daily decisions. “Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation” (1 Peter 2:2).

 

When you are in times of trouble and need comfort, look to the Psalms. This is where you will find others who have cried out to God.  See the path of reasoning they take to come up from the depths of troubled waters. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  “Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words became to  me a joy and the delight of my heart “ (Jeremiah 15:16).

 

Without a doubt there are passages in the Bible that are difficult to understand. Have a Study Bible or commentary on hand to help you -- the effort is worth it. For those of you who prefer electronic, there are many apps and resources readily available. To search and study specific topics, use a concordance. This will take you to the passages that deal with specific things you are encountering.

 

Prayer is not a substitute for reading the Bible. Relationships require two way conversations. Would you be okay with emailing or texting your friends and never hearing from them in return? The Bible is God’s way to clearly speak to you. It is where He has specifically revealed Himself. You can know God’s thoughts so that you can love what He loves and hate what He hates. To have a wrong impression of God is to worship an idol or false god. You are worshiping something that He is not. Time with God in prayer is important and sweet, but it is written, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Psalm 119:103).

 

Some say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day,  but as you are feeding your body, don’t forget your soul. “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). “I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). God created the heavens and the earth with His Word. His Word is powerful and available to us. Enjoy your time with God and live life to its fullest. You are made for relationship with Him, nothing else will satisfy.

 

 

 

 

 

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