The reason why we have lose the interest in the word of God because we have filled our belly with many other food around us but let me tell you the truth those foods will never help us to grow. They look and taste good but it kills the inner man.-
One of the scripture that inspired me is Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret.
People pressed upon Jesus to hear the Word this shows their urgency, their need and hunger. Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God. There is life in the word. No food in the world comes with 100% essential nutrients but Word of God has everything that will make us strong, stand and run. God found that all mankind is half dead in the desert of sin so to resurrect this lost mankind a grain of wheat was fallen into the earth and died and that seed brought life to many lost souls. There is no other alternative and you cannot swap anything with the Word to satisfy your inner man. As Bread is needed for outer man so the Word is needed for inner man.
I remember my mother scolding me during my school days because I never use to have food from home. I filled myself with wafers and Pepsi cola. Wafers and colas will not give power but the food what she makes has everything for my growth. Are we also doing the same…are we craving onto something which is not food? We are spending time and energy onto something which is not food…we are spending more time in our jobs, doing extra jobs and overtimes. We are not drug addicts but we are addicted to Internet. C.H. Spurgeon said “Hours with world and moments with God” This is our condition we are spending so much onto those foods that will spoil. Isaiah 55:2 says Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food. And again in John 6:27 says do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”
Both the verses have similarity… In Isaiah, God asks us the question and in John, He clearly gives us instruction. God is speaking to us in both the ways…He is asking us a question and he is giving us the instructions…let us respond to him today. Are we craving on food that spoils? Or are we craving on eternal food?
When a baby is born he should cry. If he does not cry then doctors will come into two conclusions
1) Baby has some problem or 2) Baby is dead.
If we don’t have the craving for the word there are only two conclusions.
1) we have some problem that need to be sorted out with God soon
2) We are dead in spirit.
We may be a regular bible reader but one can do that as a custom also. Regular bible readers may not have the craving.
What can I do to crave for the word of God?
Before telling that we must understand few points that will give us to desire for the word.
1) God is our provider ( Give us our daily bread)
2) We are in need
3) We cannot swap anything with the Word for the growth of our inner man
4) We are dead if we do not eat the Word
5) Word is our weapon
You can have many other points but if we understand the above five it will give you the importance of Word in our life and thereafter a crying heart desiring for the pure milk.
If you ask me how to crave for the word of God? I will say
As new born baby. He doesn’t have grammar, mother tongue or beautiful quotes, he is blameless but he knows one thing that he is hungry so he will cry. If you are in need you will cry and God will utter His word to your inner man’s system.
Let us not crave for the spoil food but let us crave for the right food.
To be continued