I guess I can make the assumption that eating is a universal need. It’s universal because we know we can’t survive for too long without taking in food. But something that goes unnoticed, I would say because our body just does it for us, is that we not only have to take the food in, but it needs to
move through our digestive system in order for our bodies to absorb what it needs from the substance we just consumed. Otherwise, the food will have minimal or no impact on our bodies. Just imagine someone taking a bite out of some grilled chicken saying “wow that’s good” and then spitting it back out. This person may have tasted the chicken superficially, but they didn’t benefit at a maximal level from its nutritional value.
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by
streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
It’s the same with Gods word- the Bible. We need to understand that God’s word is our spiritual food for our spiritual bodies. And that just like our physical bodies cannot survive for very long without food, our spiritual bodies will be adversely affected from a lack of spiritual nutrition. It is important to not just be haphazard with God’s word. Instead we should actually take time to process what we read. To meditate on God’s word is to consume God’s word, but not simply consume and spit it right back out. But allowing it to move into our spiritual digestive system so we can absorb in and live a vibrant spiritual life.
Take time today to take God’s word in and then take time to meditate on it to the point that it becomes part of us.