Why? & What are Scripture Snacks?
Well…. There is nothing that satisfies my soul like God’s Word. Whether it’s being spoken or read or heard through song, we need it; we survive by it. Scripture Snacks are like that cool splash of water while running a marathon, or like an energy bar just before a work out, a juicy apple to hold you over as you finish your errands, or a warm hug just when you needed it most. It’s just a small snack portion of the word, but it’s alive and active and ready to feed your mind and heart in between meals.
God’s Word to our soul….. just like water & bread to our body, is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
– Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”- Matthew 4:4
– “I am the bread of life.” John 6:48
– I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23:12
– In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Is Anyone Hungry?
How do you know when you’re hungry for food? Maybe your stomach starts growling, or you may get a headache, become grumpy or have this empty feeling… you just know you need to find something to eat.
How do you know if you are hungry for God? Maybe you feel restlessness or uneasy, or you may even feel a physical ache or a guilty feeling. Sometimes when I’m hungry for God, I feel lonely, discouraged or empty.
–O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Psalm 63:1
–My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2
–I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
– My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. Psalm 119:81
Inside all of us is a deep longing for God. This longing for God is as real as being hungry for food and thirsty for water. It can keep our spirits alive, just like being hungry can prompt us to eat and keep us alive. God put the God hunger there, so we would know we need Him, and trying to satisfy that hunger with anything else but Him will not only leave us empty, hungry and thirsty, but leave us vulnerable and in danger.
We read in Isaiah 55:2: “Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.”
Here’s the strangest question:
Why do so many people who are hungry for God, instead open the refrigerator? Or when they are thirsty for God, they end up drinking alcohol? When they feel empty for God, instead of turning to God they go shopping, or put hope in friends & people to fill the emptiness? How about when we want time with God, and instead we do More & cram our schedules full?
…..We are like babies who cry because they need something, but don’t know how to ask for what they need. Filling up on what doesn’t satisfy is unhelpful and dangerous and many have nearly perished while trying to fill up on other things instead of God.
Here’s the Good News!
Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” –Matthew 5:6
For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. –Psalm 107:9
The way your natural appetite works, you have to eat when you get hungry, so you eat until your full, but that doesn’t mean you will not get hungry ever again. And every time you are hungry you still have to eat. It is a consistency throughout our life, it’s how we function, it’s how we survive, it’s how we grow.
While God is always satisfying us, He’s also continually increasing our hunger and thirst for more of Him. And the more you hunger and thirst for Him, the more He reveals Himself to you and the more He reveals himself to you, the more you will yearn for Him even more! My heart’s deepest longing and my soul’s greatest craving is to know more about Jesus and His word. There is simply nothing more satisfying as the knowledge of who God is.
A Healthy Choice.
Just like any diet, what goes in, is what comes out. Most of the time you can judge a person’s diet by their strength and stature. If they are fit and healthy, chances are they eat well and excercise well. We all have the option to feed our hunger any way we choose, but what we feed it determines how we will live, long and strong. You can choose to eat pizza, drink sugar, eat junk food or fast food everyday because it’s quick, and convenient, it may give you a quick fill, a burst of temporary energy, and even a pleasure to the taste, but it will prove to be unhealthy in the long run, you will eventually grow weary, sluggish, and get sick.
As you determine to walk in Health, there are disciplines you must accept and commit to. You must personally desire, make a decision and commit in your heart to want what is good.You cannot know anything about the Word & its power to bless and sustain you untill you personally believe it, receive it & trust it into your innermost being. So it’s a Decision! A Choice! A Determination! & A Commitment!
What are you feeding your mind, your heart and your soul with on a daily basis? Because you can’t feed on death and expect life! The world, the flesh and the devil, can only offer death. There is NO life except in Jesus, God and His Word, and in the Holy Spirit.
Today, is a good day to focus on striving towards God. On earnestly seeking his righteousness. He is our Goal. Let’s not just say “I am interested in following Yeshua”, but rather let us take up the challenge of extreme discipleship and say, “For me to live is Christ”. I hunger and thirst for God.
Here is a great “Scripture” diet & exercise plan:
You might need to sit, be quiet and be still.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
Just pick up the Word of God and read….
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
Studying is so important. It helps us get past the milk, and into the solid food.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Store away His word like a treasure deep in your heart.
I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Hope this encourages you and causes you to be hungry and thirsty! Go and Enjoy the Life giving food God has made available to all of us!
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3.
Please feel free to share your WORD diet & exercise plans! I’m sure there is someone who will appreciate and benefit from it! God Bless you!
With All my Love,
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. Psalm 119:172