Date: Monday, September 17
Scripture: Jeremiah 15:15-20
Verse: “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jeremiah 15:16)
Some time ago a young mom shared with me what a picky eater her infant son was. It seemed the only thing he would eat was carrots. The family stocked up on those little jars of baby food carrots. They knew he needed other nutrients, so they mixed other things with the carrots. Whatever jar they opened for a meal, they had an open jar of carrots right next to it. The boy was literally eating carrots three times a day. Mom and Dad realized that might not be such a great idea when they noticed the bottoms of his had begun to turn orange. We are what we eat.
The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah was fond of using powerful images to convey God’s word. In today’s passage, he refers to eating God’s word. What a great image. Not only did he find it enjoyable, but it provided him with what was needed to survive. Jeremiah read, not just to understand or to receive some secondary benefit, but to spend time with God.
This week’s scriptures will encourage us to feast on God’s word. May we enjoy the feast so fully that the Word of God shines through us like the carrots through that infant’s feet.
Prayer: O God, may your words be my joy and delight. Amen.
Action: Find a Bible you can read and understand. Set aside a specific time, put it in your day planner if that helps, to read God’s word every day.