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
Haven’t you enjoyed all the fresh vegetables available to us this summer? Cole has definitely kept us supplied with lots of cucumbers from his garden, and we have had the opportunity to enjoy so many other ones. How delicious they have been, and we feel healthier just knowing we have eaten so many!
I am amazed that God has provided just the right foods we need for strong, healthy bodies – fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats and protein, and grain. Our daily bread – just what we need to sustain us, giving health, strength, and vitality.
But God has also given us something else that is equally as important for our spiritual nourishment as well – His Word. In this verse, Job called “the words of His mouth” a treasure and of more value than food itself.
What a perfect description of something precious to us and of great worth – something we should consume and use for the betterment of our souls just as we do our food for our bodies. Solomon wrote in Proverbs that Scripture “brings health to our body and nourishment to our bones” as it provides exactly what we need for each day. And what an even more powerful reminder by Jesus Himself when He said that He gives us bread, but that we can’t live by bread alone. We need Him,” the bread of life“.
The Word of God strengthens, refreshes, and energizes our spirits as bread does to our bodies. When we “feed” on His message to us, it produces a spiritual power within us that increases our faith, assurance, and trust in Him. We are reminded of His abundant and all-consuming love for us and of the truths we need to live each and every day. May we take it in and accept His strength and love in all its fullness. May His Word too become our daily bread and may we treasure it in our hearts.
Dear God, we thank you for the treasure of your Word to us. May we appreciate its value to our lives and live according to its truths. Amen