Growing up the only girl out of three children has definitely taught me a lot. While I always tried to keep up with my brothers in everything they did (climbing trees, splitting wood, playing paintball, ect.), I learned after a while that they would always beat me when it came to eating and, thankfully, I came to terms with that at a young age.
Since then, I’ve learned that practically every guy has a hollow leg and I’ve become pretty familiar with the phrase, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” But you know, maybe – just maybe – I can learn something from this seemingly unquenchable appetite. After all, what do you suppose would happen if I felt the same way about the words of my Lord?
What if I indulged myself to two helpings of the scripture in one meal? How about three? What if I savored each word? What would my life be like if I looked at the Bible with wide eyes and a stomach crying to be satisfied?
Because you see, when it comes to God’s Word, I seem to think that one small meal a day will keep me energized and ready to go. You know how it is. “I’ve read my daily chapter, now I can check that off of my to-do list.” And yet, Job tells us that he cherishes the words of God more than his necessary food¹. Not just food, but necessary food.
We need food to survive. Like a car, if we don’t fill up, we won’t get very far. But what about our need for God’s Word? Without the Bible, what do our lives look like? The gospel reveals the glory of God and who He is, but how can we serve God if we barely know Him? The gospel also reveals who we are (helpless sinners in need of Savior) and what Christ has done to redeem us. But perhaps we’re not so eager to discover the truth of our condition.
Worst of all, we take these precious Words for granted. We have the scriptures so available to us, that we no longer see the value within it; it’s simply a “great” book that “every Christian should own.” But the Bible belongs in a much higher category.
What other book can take the place of necessary food? What other book can truthfully claim to be the inspired words of God? What other book paints such a full picture of the Lord we serve?
Why Are We Starving Ourselves? –
If we are God’s people then why do we settle for such small portions of His Word? Why don’t we look at the Bible like a young man looks at food? Where is our hunger for the words of our Savior? Where is our delight in these words? Why don’t we savor their taste?
And so, if guys have hollow legs for food, then I want a hollow leg for the scripture. I want a hunger for the Word that will keep me coming back. I no longer want to look at that Book and think, “Naahhh… I got my fill for today.”