“Your words were found and I ate them, and Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16
Do you view God’s Word to be as vital to your health and well-being as eating food daily? Jeremiah consumed God’s words as though they were his daily sustenance. As a result, they became for him “a joy and the rejoicing of [his] heart” (AMP). Have you found this to be true in your life? Or is reading God’s Word a drudgery and just something you do out of force of habit? Or perhaps your Bible is just like any other book on your shelf, merely sitting and collecting dust?
I’ve experienced all three throughout various seasons of my life. I think that prayer coupled with reading the Word makes all the difference. Jeremiah had a vibrant relationship with God in which he prayed often and heard from God often. If we first seek God in prayer, asking Him to speak to us and reveal things to us, and then open His Word we are far more likely to glean whatever it is He wants to teach us through it. This is when His Words become a joy and delight.
Ask God to open your eyes to the wonderful things in His law today (Psalm 119:18) and then read it, meditate upon it, and obey it.