Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Nourishing Words

Eggs, bacon, a kale smoothie (yes, I enjoy one every morning): did you begin your day with breakfast? “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future....If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you....And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Did you begin your day with God? Along with your physical nourishment, did you take time to receive spiritual nourishment from the Lord?

“Man does not live by bread alone,” so the Lord says in Deuteronomy 8:3, “but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.” With faith Jesus quoted those same words to Satan in Matthew 4:4 (at that time Jesus was surviving on nothing but the word of the Lord as He was in the wilderness without physical food). Do you believe the Word of the Lord? Do you have faith in that Voice of authority? Do you take time to listen and feast on the words from that Voice?

Many noisy voices demand our attention. The day is full of situations that tug at our heartstrings. Is hearing the Word of the Lord one of those heartstrings? I hope so, but if not, the Word of the Lord tells us how to make the Voice of the Lord a priority. The answer lies in Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 (NIV) Only when we are quiet can we hear His Voice! He says to us from Matthew 28:20, “Surely I am (here) with you always...” Do you believe that with your whole heart? 

Scripture tells us to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Do you? Does your heart beat rapidly when you hear the voice of the Lord? It should because that Voice gives directives for living in this world. The God who speaks to us is the unbounded, unlimited, all-knowing, all-wise Creator of the world. Our Creator knows what nourishes us to the fullest and He desires to fill us up with His beneficial words. Like a loving parent He says to us in Isaiah 55:2b, “Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” Are you a child who listens to your Heavenly Father or do you ignore His Voice?

The God who came to live on earth in the form of Jesus, who died for our sins and rose to eternal life so that we might also arise after death and live eternally with Him, and who intercedes for us daily yearns to abundantly bless us with His Words of life. Will you cease your striving, listen for that Voice, and receive His life-giving Words? Don’t let other voices interfere with your connection to the Heavenly Father! Don’t allow Satan, the hater of God, to distract you with the question he used on Eve in Genesis 3:1, “Did God really say......?” (To discover Eve’s answer to Satan and the end result, read the third chapter of Genesis.) 

Determine to listen for the Voice of God. Enjoy the pleasure of eating spiritual food. Fill up with the abundance of God’s Truth. Acknowledge that only His Words can satisfy hunger. Stand with Simon Peter and say as he said in John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

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