THE STORY OF JESUS: Jeremiah 14-15
“When your words came, I ate them.” (Jeremiah 15:16)
In this book, sometimes God speaks to Israel, and sometimes to Jeremiah.
In this verse Jeremiah is complaining to God about his own struggle.
He recalls how he responded when God first called him: he ate His words up.
This expression describes the hungry soul craving God’s wisdom and guidance.
The problem in Israel was that they went through the motions, but gave it no heart.
They did ‘devotions’, but they were not eagerly listening for God’s Voice.
Their hearts pursued other pleasures and desires, not God’s wisdom or God’s way.
Starving hearts won’t quit when finding food gets hard; they try harder.
Some will even eat bugs, or grass, or other stuff to satisfy their hunger.
Consider you own ‘hunger’ for God’s wisdom and God way in your bible reading?
How hungry are you, how much effort do you put into it?
When you do ‘eat’ it, do you digest it through meditation and application?
Skimming the bible will provide no lasting benefit, God wants us to want it!
If we truly live by every word from God (Matthew 4:4), how alive are we?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, You can tell whether I am really hungry to listen and learn from You. Make me more hungry than I am, so that I may find more satisfaction in ‘eating Your words’.