Jeremiah 15:16 — When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear Your name, O Lord God Almighty (NIV).
Imagine you’ve been stranded in the desert, and you’re starving for food and drink. It’s been a couple of days since you’ve eaten a meal, and your body is in desperate need of nourishment. You feel disoriented, as your body is about to give out. You stumble hopelessly, and your mind begins to play tricks on you. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a helicopter appears on the horizon and comes to your rescue.
The chopper lands, and your rescuers hurry into action and whisk you aboard the aircraft. They attach you to various machines and begin to check your vital signs. They pump fluids into you through an IV, and you start to feel human again. Once back in the city, you’re taken to a nearby hospital to recover. You’re checked into a private room, given some fresh clothes, and you lay down to get some rest.
A few minutes pass, and a nurse enters with a tray of food…hospital food. You uncover the plate to find an undercooked chunk of Salisbury steak, a spoonful of lukewarm mashed potatoes, something that resembles broccoli, and a dry piece of chocolate cake. Without hesitation, you gratefully begin to inhale the meal in its entirety. Your strength returns, and you pay no mind to how undesirable the meal was you’ve just consumed. You didn’t pick and choose to eat the more attractive portions of food, and you don’t ask the nurse to take it back and bring out something new. You are content and fully satisfied.
This is the kind of insatiable hunger God desires for you to develop for His word. Many times we want to be selective when applying God’s word to our lives. We want to dismiss the hard truths that convict and challenge us to change, and we want to embrace messages that tickle our ears and feed our comfort. His word is beneficial to your life, and you need to develop a craving for all of it.
Proverbs 27:7 — To the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet (NIV).
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