I am in the office and it feels like just me and God. My husband and dog are oblivious that I am even awake yet. My open Bible on the desk, I am excited to read in the quiet. But first, I am gifted a beautiful scene just outside my window. The crepe myrtle boasts a new birdhouse and some eager visitors. Three little birds are in the bird feeder tray, pecking for food, but as they peck they are spilling more seed than they eat. All that seed on the ground is wasted.
Are we not like those birds sometimes? Do we hungrily run to our Bibles for spiritual food but just peck here and there to get a small snack, and leave the rest of the Bible lying there? For sure, I have been guilty of that. Oh, I loved God and His Word, but I thought just a little bit would hold me. Finding a verse that pertained to my current problem, I would feel satisfied. Later, I would feel depleted again. I didn’t appreciate what being full of His Word felt like. The Lord showed me it is literally is life-giving and life-sustaining. Jesus says so:
But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 60: 50-51
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 NIV
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Isaiah 55:2 NIV
These verses tell us: God provides for us. We are His birds that are provided spiritual and physical food. God is good, so feeding on His words is good! The word “abundance” stands out. Because there is no limit to God’s love and power, it makes sense that He would want the most and best for us and want us to have it abundantly, not just for a snack.
Thank You for being our abundant source of spiritual food. Like little birds, feed us what we need for each day through Your Word. Create in us a hunger for Your Word that fills us to overflowing with your love so it spills out on others. We love You! Amen
GROWwork: (for your journal or to consider doing)
- Look up how many times abundant, or abundance, abounding are used in the Bible. Write three things God has given You an abundance of.
- Leave your Bible open on a table or bedside where you will read it. That open Bible will remind us that God’s food is there for those hungry for Him.
Love and prayers to you all. Please be safe:)