Do I love God’s Word more than P.F. Chang’s?

Do I love God’s Word more than P.F. Chang’s?

I love the Bible, and if you’re a visitor to this site about memorizing God’s Word, then it’s a good bet that you do too. The Bible is a treasure sent to us straight from God. It instructs and sustains us in our Christian walk. We actively read it and even try to memorize parts of it. But then we read a verse like this one:

I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 (NKJV)

Wow – now that’s a tough one. Do we treasure the Bible more than our necessary food? Most Westerners cannot even begin to answer this question because we have never been without our necessary food, even for a few hours.

When I get close to missing a meal, I become very focused on my need to reach something edible - soon. How can I train myself to feel the same drive to seek out God’s Word? Each time I find something like this in myself that I need to change, my only hope is to pray. I ask God to help me change my behavior.  After that I start catching myself when I mess up – and I always mess up. God is faithful and patient to help me dust off and try again. Eventually I have fewer mess ups; that’s about the time He shows me something new that needs a tweak!

As this new year begins, won’t you join me in asking God to help me love His Word as much as my necessary food? God will help us in this, I’m sure of it.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever  Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)