You know the scene – you are starving. You haven’t done the groceries yet. You feel weak. There is nothing in the fridge, so you grab the MiGoreng, because the challenge now is to cook fast, and eat even faster. When it comes to the level of our spiritual hunger, please never ever let yourself starve, because a starving spirit and soul is never a good thing.
When you’re (physically) starving, you have a tendency to reach for what’s quick and easy. The mentality becomes this: if it’s gonna make me full fast, I’m having it.
We have to be careful with our hunger, because the Word of God is not the only thing that we can feed ourselves with. I will be the first to admit that the world offers a lot more appealing (junk) food than the bread of life. Quick to eat, and easy on the eyes.
Eve fell for the first junk food the world has put on offer.
The problem is – “quick and easy” may satisfy, but it will not sustain.
Only God can satisfy and sustain.
Yes, the Word of God is not quick and easy. I am an absolute bookworm, and I love reading, but I am convinced that parts of my Bible are written in ancient Greek. I am also convinced that after the book of Joshua, the rest of the Old Testament is no longer in English.
You are not alone. Literally. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, convict, and sanctify us. You can ask questions. I used to think that I will bother God with my questions because He’s too busy healing the sick. Why would God, who is so busy doing miracles, take a second to answer my curious mind? I now believe that no teacher wants their student to fail.
Let me put it bluntly: You can tell God you have no idea what He’s talking about.
He knows the Word, because He is the Word.
He can explain Himself.
He knows best how to reveal Himself to you.
The Word of God is meant to be chewed. Slowly. It’s meant to be savoured and enjoyed, so that you and I can fully taste and see that the Lord is good.
It is meant to be chewed because it needs enough time to course through your heart, your mind and your actions. You chew it, you meditate on it, you pray the Word of God, you memorize it, because it has to completely sink in.
Until it’s all you think about.
Until we are filled with the Spirit.
Until we no longer look like ourselves.
Until we start to bear His image.
And then, we tell everyone else.
Until kingdom come.
But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. (John 6:50-51)