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. Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT)
Devour My Word
Do you want to hear from me? Would you like me to speak to you? Do you need wisdom? Are you looking for guidance? Will you receive instruction? Would you like me to guard and guide your life? Yes, yes, yes, I want all these things from you. There is no hesitation in me. I am hungry for all these things to be true for me. It is interesting that you have indicated that you are hungry for these things to be true in your life. That word hungry may have seemed like an odd choice of a word. But it is exactly the right word to use regarding my questions of you. Why is that? If you want to hear from me, if you would like me to speak to you, if you need wisdom and will receive instruction or want guidance, you must devour my word. You have used the word hungry. I have used the word devour. If you are hungry for my word, you will devour my word. All these things that you want to be true in your life will come to you as you devour my word. I get it.
If you get it, how will you go about devouring my word? I will meet with you daily in your word. I will set aside a time and place for us to meet in your word. I will make myself fully available to you. I will slow down. I will carve out time for us to be together. I will quiet myself before you. I will leave the hustle and bustle and noise of the world far behind me. I will ignore the never ceasing, unrelenting demands that the world places on me. I will listen attentively to you. I will receive all that you want to give to me. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will allow your word to make me able to know and do your will. I will allow your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. That will be very good. In our time together you will be changed. You cannot remain in my presence without being transformed. I will give you new ways to think, new words to speak and new deeds to do. You will be able to know and do my will as you keep on meeting with me in my word. You will never fail to hear from me as you come to me. I will not remain silent. I will not be far off. As you draw near to me, I will draw near to you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will not occasionally snack on your word. Your word will be in my daily diet. I will feast in your word. I will devour your word. I will chew on your word throughout my day. I will allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Amen
Key Question… How would you describe your daily practice of devouring God’s word?
Living It Out… Devour God’s word so that it will bring joy and delight into your heart.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God’s word will become your joy and heart’s delight when you devour it.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group something from God’s word that brings joy and delight in your heart.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you devour and live by God’s word.
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