Breakfast is my favorite meal and if I could, I would go out for breakfast every single morning. Sadly that would be way too expensive and super unhealthy. I also like to snack. I could snack all day long. I guess I should just say that I love to eat. I mean my favorite part of a wedding is the food (just kidding! Sort of.).
The point is I am not in any danger of starving myself. Not only do I know that I need food to stay alive, but it also makes fellowship with friends more enjoyable, movies more fun, and parties more festive.
But I am more than just a body. I am also a soul. A soul, like a body, must be fed in order to stay healthy. The food of the soul is the word of God. But most of us are malnourished. We are very quick to starve our souls while focusing on temporal things. How quickly the checking of e-mails or the folding of laundry or the running of errands becomes more important than taking a few min. to feast on God’s word.
I have the ability to fill my day so full that God is pushed out, yet this is the day that the LORD has made. It has been made by him and for him. So when we ignore God and his word we are not using the day he has made for his glory and for our good.
Our souls are more important than our bodies since they will live forever, whereas our bodies will turn back to dust. Through the neglect of God;s word we make ourselves soul-sick and out our lives in great danger.
A Weak and Sick Soul
While the soul cannot be killed it can become weak and sick. When we neglect the word of God we not only starve ourselves, but we also show that we don’t believe a healthy soul is all that important. Satan loves this. He will do anything to keep us from reading and loving God’s word because he knows something that we often forget. He knows that scripture is powerful, that it gives life and that it restores (Heb. 4:12).
No Love for God’s Word
Neglecting God’s word or at least not making it a priority in my life says that I don’t really love it. Oh I may say that I do, but actions speak louder than words. Something that is loved is cherished and taken good care of. If we love someone or something we value it. Do I value God’s words to me? Do I value my soul? If we don’t read the scriptures then the answer would have to be “no.”
Numb To the Sacrifice of Jesus
My soul was once held captive by sin and the powers of hell. The cost to set it free was steep. It required the blood of innocence, purity, holiness, and perfection. It required Christ pouring himself out for me, for you, on the cross. A neglected Bible reveals a neglected soul. It shows that I don’t think as highly of my soul as Jesus does, and that I do not think highly of the sacrifice Jesus made for me. It shows I do not value my salvation.Danger of starving the soul
A weak soul makes a for a weak faith. It allows satan to sow doubt, discouragement, and despair. A soul that has been made sick through starvation will be powerless against temptations. While Satan cannot take away the salvation we have he can make us useless for the kingdom of God.
As God’s people we have a lot of good intentions and godly desires. I want to know God, to be able to give an answer for the hope that is within me (1 Peter 3:15 ). I want grow in godliness and show my gratitude through obedience. I want people to catch glimpses of the image of Christ in me and I want my children to see the beauty of my Savior through the fruit of spirit in my life.
But these desires will bear no fruit apart from the word of God. Only when the soul is fed will I see change. But change means that God must turn my life around and upside down. He must convict me of sin and fill my heart with affection for himself and wisdom to live this life. I must be strong against the attacks of the devil, the sweet allurements of the world, and my own fickle heart.
We are fools if we don’t immerse ourselves in the one Book that kills sin and gives life. That reveals to us the God-Man who rescues as well as the strategies for overcoming the devil and the encouragement we need to stay the course.
I won’t give you a new Bible reading plan. There are dozens out there. I won’t point you to a strong devotional, they are everywhere available and often for free. But I want to remind you, as I am reminding myself, that apart from God’s word we are weak, defenseless, and prone to wander. It’s Monday. Or if you’re reading this later, it’s whatever day it is. A day God has made for us to seek him, know him, and find rest in him. And we will find him in the Scripture.