I have not departed from the commandment of God’s lips; I have treasured in my bosom the words of God’s mouth. --Job 23:12
The marketers and media would have us believe that food is what can make our lives full. Just consider the variety of diets touted on a daily basis, the number of conversations we have around the issues of food and losing weight, the number of articles written about what constitutes healthy or unhealthy food, the kind of food the ‘stars’ eat, the dangers of ‘fast food,’ the delights to be found at the newest local restaurant. We have a penchant for pandering to the palette. In light of all the attention placed on the food, savoring the words from God seems merely an exercise for religious fanatics.
We might be surprised to find that our soul has a palette that is as desirous for spiritual food as our body is for physical food. We can keep our body alive with bread yet find our soul starving in the silence. We notice the state of our soul when we feel empty inside, when the meaning of life seems distant and obscure, when all that we do seems nothing more than the living out of another 24-hour period, when we no longer even feel the movement of spiritual passion within. Bread may keep us alive, but the words of God fill us with life. Perhaps, it would be helpful and health-full to pay attention to what is really important. When we dismiss the hunger of our soul we diminish our very lives and in those moments of delusion we pass right by the words from God that can feed our soul as surely as a gentle rain on thirsty sand.
O God, massage away the tightness of my shriveled soul so there is an open space in it for your words of love.
These meditations written by Renee Miller first appeared at www.explorefaith.org
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