What happened to that glass of milk you drank yesterday? And how about those chicken nuggets? And that bread? Where did it all go? What happened to them?
God designed a wonderful system for our bodies called digestion. It is the process by which food and drink are broken down into very small bits and reassembled or remade into you--into skin and bones and blood and muscles and energy.
Digestion begins in the mouth as the teeth bite and tear and grind food into much smaller pieces. The tongue then goes to work to mix the crushed food with saliva and push it toward the back of the mouth where it is swallowed and pushed toward the stomach. Here for several hours it will be churned and squeezed and pushed and mixed with digestive juices to turn it into liquid. The liquid food now goes to the small intestine where it is mixed more to reduce it to molecules or building blocks that cells can use to make new cells. Remember, the goal of digestion is to turn the food you eat into you--into blood and bones and tissue and energy for living.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Luke 4:4
God's Word does for our soul what food does for our bodies. But simply reading it and knowing stories and facts are not enough! God's Word must become a part of our being. God's Word must be taken in--a portion bitten off, if you will. It must then be mixed with faith. Hebrews 4:2 reminds us that the Word of God will not profit us unless it is mixed with faith. It must be received and believed as the very Word of God. It needs to be thought on or meditated. A cow goes out in the morning and chews some tender green grass, swallowing it down into its first stomach. Later in the day it brings it back to chew it some more. We must read and believe God's Word and bring it back into our memory again and again and again. Thus it will become a part of our very lives, guiding and guarding and governing all we do and say and think--changing us, making us into new creatures in Christ.
Blessed is the
man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners,
nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in
his law doth he meditate day and night.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
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