Snacking on the Word

Nutritionists now are telling us that it is healthier to eat 5-6 small meals per day than the 2-3 big meals to which we are accustomed. Part of the reason, they argue, is that it keeps the metabolism going all day instead of gearing up to high gear just to shut down again shortly thereafter. Therefore, you are actually using more of what your body ingests and there is less wasted or “stored for another time.”

From the spiritual perspective I believe very much the same thing could be said. What would happen if we went from doing our Bible study for the day all in one lump sum of 30-45 minutes at a time, to having 5-6 times per day where we took about 10-15 minutes to study and glean from the Scriptures. Maybe these times would include reading Bible articles, studying a particular passage or word, reading a chapter at a time, and various other pursuits of study that could be accomplished in short periods of time and yet leave the student with “food for thought” as they continued through the day. Instead of our spiritual metabolism using all of its energy for one “meal” and then going idle the rest of the day, such an approach would force it to be constantly working and digesting the Word.

I believe it is this principle that was the intention of the Psalmist when he wrote: “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day” (Psa. 119:97), and, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psa. 1:2). Think about your spiritual nutrition: are you getting enough, and is it working in your life the way it should?

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