Points to Ponder: Did You Remember to Eat Today?
Points to Ponder
Did You Remember to Eat Today?
At our Wednesday Night Bible Study I asked the class, "What was the sermon about on Sunday?" Dead silence. "Okay, what was the scripture about?" Again, silence. Only a week had passed and the message is lost? One of the men said, "No, it's only been three days actually." Well, that was comforting.
My memory has failed me too. There is a lot of "thought traffic" flowing through our minds everyday. The flood of issues, responsibilities, and things to remember often overwhelm the memory bank. Many a good word from the Lord, a point well-made, a scripture clearly explained, is lost within a day, if not hours.
In John 8:31-32, Jesus says, "If you abide in my Word you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." To abide is to live in it, to be thoroughly immersed. We all live in our "abode," our dwelling. Jesus is saying, "Live in my Word--it is a dwelling place, your home."
In our homes we may forget what we ate on a certain day, but we know we are filled. The details slip from memory, but the essence and substance keeps us going. There is a physical truth, which states: "We are what we eat." Our bodies, cells, blood, etc. are all produced from the things we consume. Spiritually, it is also true that we are what we eat, or consume.
If our daily spiritual diet consists of newspapers, magazines and TV, we can suffer from a malnourished spirit. Just as a malnourished body can be easily crushed, confused, and lead astray by the pressures of trial and temptation.
I can't remember all the great meals I have eaten over the decades of my life, but the health of my body, in a sense, does because it's still here. Likewise, the inner strength and health of our spirits is not so much dependent upon what we remember taking in; it's dependent upon remembering to take it in--daily.
"Your Word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You."
"Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble."
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