Yesterday we finished the inaugural course of Satisfied...at Last! at my church here in Arizona. I led two wonderful groups of women through the 6-week course and we all ate it up together! I am so thrilled at the great reception this book is already getting. I can say that because I take no credit for the study whatsoever. Hesitating to sound mystical or super-spiritual, I can't help but tell you that God truly doled out this study to me one day at a time and He was gracious to do so. It is filled, quite simply, with the lessons He has taught me about how He saved us to satisfy us.
During the course we learned the essential skill for eating from the King's table: simply to eat daily and fully from Jesus, the Bread of Life, the Word that became flesh. When we have a living and vibrant relationship with Jesus, we can take in His Word, meditate on it, memorize it, and properly apply it to our lives knowing that it will not return void, but will accomplish something powerful in our lives. And that, quite simply, has proven to be the key to living a satisfied life - feasting on the Word of God.
I am amazed by the arrogance of most believers, me included, who have believed that we could live an abundant, full and satisfied life in Christ without really digesting His Word. Do you see our foolish behavior for what it's been? Do you see how we talk about the Bible being precious, we quote it when it's convenient, and we study it when we've got a good group of girlfriends to gather with, but we neglect to eat on it daily?
We are told over and over and over in the Bible to meditate on God's Word. We are reminded that it is in meditation that we really sink our roots deep and begin to live fruitful lives.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and in His law he meditates day and night.
And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither;
and in whatever he does, he prospers.
And yet most of us, me included, have arrogantly decided that such devotion to the Word of God, such large quantities of time spent in it, such attempts to memorize it and store it in the deepest places of our hearts, such "chewing on it", if you will, are for ...others....not for me.
What a shame.
The Lord taught me a few years ago, through the wise teachings of others and through their vibrant examples, that if I want to be satisfied deep in my soul and no longer be led here and there by my soul hungers then I'd better start "eating His Word." No punches allowed. No ifs, ands, or buts. Put up or shut up.
And so I put up.
I started gathering tasty morsels from His Word that fed my hungry soul and stocking my pantry with them.
Alright Kay, drop the picturesque language and cut to the chase. How did you do that exactly?
I simply listened and watched and waited with expectancy for God to lead me to scriptures that spoke to my current soul hungers, wrote them on 4x6 index cards, put them in a 4x6 photo album and began reading them, meditating on them, and even memorizing them...daily...many times, daily.
Last year, in my attempt to get to attend Beth Moore's Siesta Scripture Memory Challenge in Houston, I memorized all 24 of my scriptures. But I'd been filling photo albums with meaningful scriptures for several years before her challenge. I had been meditating on them, but not memorizing them. Now, with 24 scriptures under my belt, I know I still have the keen mind of an AWANA kid and can memorize if I really put the effort out.
I don't always memorize my scriptures, but I do meditate on them every day, almost without fail.
I don't tell you this to brag. Do you brag about picking up a fork and knife and eating dinner? Heavens, no. What's there to boast about? I'm just sharing this because I'm passionate about teaching others just how simple it is to feed ourselves a steady diet of the bread of life so that we are truly satisfied. It really is as simple as learning how to use a fork or knife. Or maybe for those of us who are a little stuck in our ways, it's about as simple as learning to use a pair of chop sticks - not something we'll grasp the first time we pick them up, but certainly doable!
So my question for you today is, what are you eating? Are you eating? Soul food that is. You'll only find it in the Word of God. And you'll only start to really digest enough of it to satisfy when you heed the very clear instructions of the Bible and start meditating on it. More on that tomorrow!
Have a blessed day! I'd love to know if you have a similar way of eating the bread of life. Do tell!
P.S. - You'll want to head over to my friend Yvonne's blog at StoneGable
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