Friday October 14, 2011
Over the years there have been various ways in which those of us who are not the most avid readers can read. There have been audio books that allow someone to read a book by listening to someone else read it via a cassette or DVD. There have been movies that have come out from a book to help those who don’t read get a good handle on books in print. Spark Notes (summaries of books) have been helpful in getting the gist of a book without reading the whole book. I even took a speed reading course to speed up my reading so that I might enjoy reading more.
God had I think the most creative way in which to understand His word when He came to Ezekiel. “And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. (Ezekiel 3:1-3 NIV). God had Ezekiel eat the word rather than read the word. Not only did He have him eat the word, but God flavored it with honey so that it would taste good. Ezekiel needed to take it into himself so that it would become a part of him.
How often do we read the word of God but never take it in to ourselves and allow it to penetrate to our innermost being. Rather than just reading today God’s word, it might be helpful to allow what we read to sink in and permeate the very depths of our being and transform us by what we think about and how we behave and what we do.
On this journey, take time to eat God’s word and may it be sweet to our taste as it fills our life.