I grew up eating good old Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. I can remember my grandmother cooking chicken and dumplings (also called chicken pot-pie) when I was growing up. I can still see her placing the chicken thighs in the pressure cooker in the morning when I was leaving for school. She began cooking it right after breakfast, and added all the other ingredients all throughout the day until just before serving. At that time she would scoop up home-made dumplings on a large spoon, and drop them on the top of the entire pot of wonderfulness at the last minute. Those dumplings would float on the top of the pot-pie and would cook with the steam that was rolling around in the pot. I can still smell the wonderful aroma that engulfed our home when Grandmom was cooking my favorite meal.
As fond as that memory is to me, there is one that is even sweeter. That is the sight of my wife sitting at our kitchen table each morning, with an open Bible and a box of tissues in front of her. What a beautiful aroma fills the house when those who live there feast on the Word of God on a regular basis! “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of His lips; I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12). I hope I can say that! I have elevated the words from the Bible to a more important place than food is to me. I want to make the Word of God more precious than food. I want to give more attention to the preparation of the Word of God for my heart than I do in the preparation of my food to eat.
I hate to admit it, but I love to cook. I enjoy taking different ingredients and putting them together in a pan to see what the combination of them will taste like. In much the same way, I love to read different sections of my Bible and see how God’s Holy Spirit mixes them together in my heart to form me into the person He wants me to be. I want to yearn for the Bible like I yearn for my daily food. As I have grown older, I find that I love eating different kinds of foods. As I have grown spiritually, I find that I have a deepening love for the truths of Scripture, and that I am not content with just a shallow serving of a verse here and there. I love digging deep into the truths of the Word of God.
Allow me to challenge you to dig deeper into your Bible everyday. As Job discovered, your Bible will become more important to you as the pressures of life increase. Trust the Word of God for direction today.
“As you go through the Word of God – Let the Word of God go through you.” – Unknown