“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction.”
2 Timothy 4:2-4
If your days are like mine, I fly in the door sometime after dark starving and wondering what on earth I am going to feed my family for dinner.If I haven’t planned ahead, we often eat pizza or takeout from our favorite restaurant.I don’t need to tell you what too much takeout and pizza will do to the waistline.Before long, we are all on diets, discouraged with the extra pounds and making salads.
God’s Word can encourage us, though. Often our wisest friends are prepared with God’s Word.In 2 Timothy, Paul was encouraging his young friend, telling him to always be prepared to give out God’s word.Paul told Timothy the time would come when men would not put up with sound doctrine.He went on to say that men would listen instead to what suited their own desires.The Message version of the Bible describes our times best by saying men will “fill up on spiritual junk food – catchy opinions that tickle their fancy.”
So let me ask you, what are you having for dinner?Sound solid doctrine in the form of quiet time with God or spiritual junk food, such as family television or Christian radio?There is nothing wrong with these activities, but they should not replace our time alone with God.We all need time in God’s Word applying its messages to our hearts and our circumstances.
Tonight, feed on God’s Word.Linger at His table enjoying the feast before you.Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”