How do you feed your soul? No seriously, go with the Sunday School answer, because this is going to be a short, sweet, and simple devotional. Today, in our first Cooking Up Faith post, I’m sharing with you my favorite zero-calorie snack for the soul.
A Zero-Calorie Snack for the Soul: Jeremiah 15:16
How I Discovered Today’s Verse
When I was in youth group, my youth pastor once split us up into groups of three. He assigned each group a passage to read, discuss, and then present to the rest of the youth group. Normally, any group I as assigned to was the last one to cause trouble, but I was in a giggly mood that day. For the next ten minutes, all we did was make jokes and talk.
Finally, I stifled my giggles long enough to say, “Guys, we should probably at least look at the verse.” So we opened our Bibles to Jeremiah 15:16. I read from somebody’s KJV, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them…”
I didn’t get any further than that before I burst into laughter. It was the worse possible verse to pair with our moods. On the other hand, I never forgot it.
The Actual Verse
Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Yahweh God of Hosts.
Jeremiah 15:16 (HCSB)
Believe it or not, Jeremiah is issuing a complaint to God in the surrounding passages. Jeremiah’s role as God’s prophet for impending doom didn’t win him popularity contest. But in the middle of Jeremiah’s complaints, he recalls his former dedication to God.
Nourishment for the Soul
When I first read this verse, I pictured an old bearded man with a scroll. Rather than reading it, he excitedly ripped off a chunk to stick in his mouth. It’s a ridiculous thought when you take it literally, but it makes a very powerful metaphor.
Any mom who has breastfed will tell you the importance of nourishment and water. They are both important for milk supply, but they are also important for the mom’s strength and wellbeing as well. Our energy comes from food.
While we know that peace comes from God, we often neglect the nourishment that our soul needs to stay well: God’s word. I’ve written a post before on the importance of learning the Bible before, so I’m not going to rehash it. What we need to notice is the fact that our joy and God’s word are linked together.
While I didn’t plan for this post to complement last week’s How Can I Find Peace in My Life?, they do flow very well together.
You see, joy and peace are intertwined. It’s been well documented by TV commercials that depression stops us from enjoying life as we should. Likewise, it’s hard to experience genuine joy when we’ve been burdened by fears and worry.
This verse even explains why we should delight in this Holy Snack: because we’ve been called by God’s name as Christians.
- Ask: “Have I been properly nourishing my soul? Has God’s word been a delight to me?”
- Do: Find or create a Bible-reading plan to follow for the next month.
- Pray: “Dear God, help me to always remember the importance of reading Your word. Help it to become a delight to me so that I might find joy in life. Amen.”