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Eating God’s Words

“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.

Having made an emotional appeal to God on behalf of Israel and having seen those appeals denied, the weeping prophet here approaches God once more, hoping to receive some assurance that he is still in good standing with Him.

The prophet uses a picturesque metaphor to emphasize his faithfulness to God, saying he has eaten God’s words, meaning he has taken them into his innermost parts and has written them on his heart. And, as well, he wears God’s name. The prophet wants God to know that he is ever dedicated to Him.

If such a resounding message and wonderful, submissive attitude were manifested in our world today, what a difference we would see in our lives and in the religious world in general. What we really need is more people eating God’s words and allowing them to be our joy.

"Thought for the Week - 11/29/2015" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.