UV 2809/10000 Word vs World Pattern
Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts
Jeremiah 15 v 16
A child is called after the name of the parents. It implies that the child has certain rights and duties vis a vis her parents. The child inherits the DNA, the character and the possessions of the parents. Likewise, we are called after the name of the Lord God of heaven and earth. It is our great privilege. Just as a child relies, relishes and depends on the words of her parents, so also we need to rely, relish and depend on the Word. The Word equips us to handle the world. We need to feed on the Word as the Israelites fed on manna. We need to treat it as necessary and delicious food for our sustenance and our enjoyment.
In some cases, reading the Word convicts a person and leads him or her into a personal relationship with the Author of the word and of life. The Word is the word of truth and it penetrates the heart of the reader to convict him or her. But in most cases, a personal relationship with the Lord God through Jesus leads us into regularly and daily feeding on the Word. Just as with food, there are some parts of the word that is soft and easy that we can swallow or drink, some parts which are tough and are to be bitten into and chewed.
Scripture says that the Word is sweet as honey in the mouth but that it turns bitter as medicine in the stomach. It implies that not only does the word sustain us, it acts as medicine to heal the afflicted parts or our lives. It strikes a balance between the blessings we enjoy by claiming the promises of the Lord in our daily lives and the boundaries of behaviour and choices that it sets before us. It takes discipline and commitment to seek the truths, insights and revelations that are hidden in the Word. The Word is the key to the John 10 v 10 promise of Jesus of the abundant and eternal life.
Prateep V Philip