What Are You Chewing On?

Take time to be holy,
speak oft with thy Lord;
abide in him always,
and feed on his word.
Make friends of God’s children,
help those who are weak,
forgetting in nothing
his blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy,
the world rushes on;
spend much time in secret
with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus,
like him thou shalt be;
thy friends in thy conduct
his likeness shall see.

Take time to be holy,
let him be thy guide,
and run not before him,
whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow,
still follow the Lord,
and, looking to Jesus,
still trust in his word.

Take time to be holy,
be calm in thy soul,
each thought and each motive
beneath his control.
Thus led by his spirit
to fountains of love,
thou soon shalt be fitted
for service above.

William D. Longstaff (1822-1894)

 

So what are you chewing on …
Beef-Jerky

Great for camping and hunting trips.  

Jerky makes your jaw tired.

 

bubblegumNice for freshening your breath, but bubble gum tempts you to blow bubbles that inevitably pop all over your face and hair! 

 

popcornGreat for the movies and if your watching your weight, but popcorn…gets stuck in your teeth and really annoys your dentist!

OR

resentmentGnawing on an old resentment, like something someone said to you or you said to them.  It only eats at you from inside.  Not very nourishing.

Why not try chewing on the Word of God:

Jeremiah 15:16, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”   Jeremiah took delight in God’s word and its power because he internalized it, making him a living representation of God’s message.

Job 23:12,  “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”  Job was a man who suffered – a lot.  He was mad at everyone.  But God knew his integrity and because of Job’s faith and obedience to God, Job forgave and prayed for the friends he was angry at, and in doing so, Job found his redemption and God’s blessing for himself.

Matthew 4:4,  Jesus said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”  When Jesus was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days and nights, each time Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus remained obedient to God’s word which was more sustaining than eating bread.

Philippians 4:6-8,  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, with surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.”  When we take our anxiety to God in prayer and meditation we discover the Peace of God.  When the problem is worry, the prescription is prayer, dwelling on God’s word for understanding and proper responses.  The opposite to worry is peace.

cat-eating

Don’t wolf it down like the cat and never taste it. 

Contemplate it.   Meditate on it.

 

Try to get to the depth of what God wants for You.

Now chew on that!