What Did You Eat?
“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.” —Jeremiah 15:16 (nkjv)
Ton, a young man excited about his new found faith, approached me with a major frustration. He had a consistent devotional life, but his Bible reading felt cold. He said he forgot what he was reading as fast as he read it. He knew what book of the Bible he was in, but to repeat the content or even the main idea was a hopeless task. Tempted to throw in the towel, he decided to talk it over with me first.
I had been in his shoes and experienced the same frustration. I remembered back to the tiny Chicago church that reared me. One of the sweetest women I knew, Aunt Izzy, had a warm heart for the motley assortment of kids who ran around the church.
“Aunt Izzy,” I said, “I don’t see what good it’s doing me to read the Bible. I can’t remember anything I read.”
Aunt Izzy’s eyes sparkled as she gave a knowing nod. “Bill, tell me what you ate for dinner the last few days.”
I thought hard but could only remember yesterday’s dinner. “Last night, pork chops,” I said. “I don’t remember much before that.”
“Does that mean those meals did you no good?”I shook my head. “So it is with God’s Word. It’s like a feast. You just keep on digging in.” Aunt Izzy smiled. “Don’t worry about what you forget. Be faithful, and you’ll have all the spiritual muscle you need before you know it.”
I put my hand on Jon’s shoulder and smiled. “Jon, tell me what you ate for dinner the last few days ...”
Written by Bill Giovannetti
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