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Eat the Word

It is one of my favorite days of the year. I can picture now the home grown corn, turkey and dressing, and home made chocolate pie (If computers had smell-o-vision this would be a perfect time to use it). Maybe it is wrong for me to think about food immediately when I think of Thanksgiving, but give me a break I have been eating cafeteria food the past 4 months!

The physical food we eat is vital to how we live our lives. This leads me to question why so many people do not care about what enters their bodies. Perhaps the problem is that we are so occupied with what tastes good, we do not care about what is going to make us stronger!

Far too often the same apathetic attitude holds true in Christianity in a much more serious way. Constantly throughout our day we digest things that are not beneficial to our spiritual bodies, but we do not take the time to digest what we truly need to be healthy. Ezekiel 3:1-3 shows us exactly what we need to have a healthy spiritual life. In this passage the prophet, Ezekiel, is commanded by God to fill his stomach by eating a scroll, which was God’s word to the house of Israel. The text in verse 3 says that it tasted as sweet as honey in Ezekiel’s mouth.

This is incredibly significant to us as Christians, and should be applied on a daily basis. Just as the physical body desires physical food, the soul needs spiritual food. This means more than just giving God’s word a glance a few times a week. We must make digesting God’s word a daily routine. It is one thing to live life off of the faith of a parent, preacher, or elder; however, I can assure you that Heaven will only be grasped if you have your OWN faith. Study for yourself so that you will not be led astray by human ideas.
Throughout the coming week, enjoy the delicious food, but keep in mind the importance of spiritual nourishment.

2 Timothy 3:16-17: 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.

This is Clay Smith’s second post here are Study Your Bible Online. You can learn a little more about Clay in the Contributors section. (Just click here).  You can read his first post here.  Also while you are here check out the other posts on the site.  Feel free to comment with your thoughts or words of encouragement.



  1. Amen, brother, Matthew 4:4 comes to mind immediately.

    Just out of curiousity, where are you going to school?

  2. Thanks for your comment Ben! I go to Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and I love it! I’m from Nashville, TN so I figured moving out to a small town in Arkansas would take adjustment, but the people here are awesome so I would definitely recommend it!

  3. What must i do to always eat the word as food

  4. Dear Kola wolf
    To eat the word of God is to be feed spiritually. Reading the Bible and living the life of Jesus is eating what you read. Catholics consume the word of God when attending Mass and living it out in the world. And when Jesus said to the apostles, “take a eat this bread, take and drink this wine, do this in remembrance of me”. Is consuming his word. His word has athority. He commands us to eat his flash and drink his blood to have eternal life. Catholics flow Jesus commandment when they receive euchest at Mass.

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