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I Ate Them

April 27, 2008

(Note: this is the theme passage from New Attitude, and it struck me from the first time I saw it.)

“Your words were found, and I ate them, and they became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

One of the things that sticks out to me about this passage is the second phrase, “I ate them”.  What does it mean to eat the words of the Lord?  

I was reminded of two aspects of this.  First of all, we need to desire God’s Word like we desire food.  All of us have had times in our lives where we have gone without food for a time: either on purpose, or because we were simply too busy, and missed two meals in a day.  At some point, our hunger starts to make itself plain.  We begin to greatly desire food.  We can think of little else – we feel we NEED food, and we need it as soon as possible.

God’s Word should be desired in the same way.  We should desire God’s Word in the same way we desire food – we should be preoccupied with it, we should want to get to it soon if we have missed reading it.  We should NEED God’s Word, not because we know we should have it, but because we know we must have it.

Another aspect of food is how it becomes a part of us.  Once we eat, the food is no longer just something on our outsides, but it is digested and used by our bodies.  Likewise, God’s Word should be more to us than words on a page – it should become a part of us.  We need to internalize what we read in Scripture the same way we internalize the food we eat.

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