God’s Word: One Bite Each Day
I had not kept up with my devotional time for a long time. Somehow, I had slipped away from the habit of morning prayer and Bible study time. It bothered me a lot, but not enough to make a change in my routine — that is, until God intervened.
One morning as I prepared to leave for work, I noticed my Bible on the table right next to my purse. All day long the image of a closed Bible persisted in my mind. The thought came to me that this was a sad position for my Bible to be in — closed and not open. It seemed as though I was keeping the influence of God’s word and the blessing of prayer “closed” — both in a literal and figurative sense. I also realized how phony I had been in leading others to God without seeking Him myself through daily prayer and Bible reading. Then I remembered I had once seen my daughter’s Bible open on her coffee table, simply begging to be looked at and read. Right then I determined to keep my Bible open every day too, although I was not exactly sure how that would help me read it or pray more.
The next morning I held my Bible in my arms and quietly asked God, “Show me how to connect with You every morning again. Forgive me for ignoring Your word.” I also asked that I would be able to do this in a short amount of time — a selfish but realistic prayer. Right then God said, “Open your Bible now. Take one bite and savor it all day.” Hmmm, sounded interesting, but how to do this?
Here’s what has transpired: I now leave my open Bible in a place where I’ll see it first thing each morning. My place is on the table right next to my purse. I put a sticky note by the verse for the day. Before I start my regular morning routine, I read that one verse and repeat it several times: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1) During the day, I say the verse again and again until the verse becomes imbedded in my mind and heart. The words gradually grow to be both prayer and worship.
Will you think about trying this method for yourself? It only takes a small amount of time each morning, and who can ignore an open Bible? It’s God calling you to talk with Him. This practice becomes a marvelous way to see the wonder of God’s character such as, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18), or to experience God’s comfort with the verse, “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10b). This particular verse impacted me so much that I spent a whole week praying it and appreciating all the good things from God each day. Then, share with someone the verse you have received that day.
I have learned that an open Bible is God’s effective word. One bite in the morning becomes delightful food for the entire day. Prayer and Bible study become merged, and the result is to know God more intimately, love Him more, and to spend the entire day absorbing the combined blessing of prayer and worship. I pray that you too will experience the power and goodness of God’s food each day.
Lord God, my gracious heavenly Father, thank You for showing me how to come closer to You by reading and meditating on Your word each day. Today’s portion has encouraged me to know and love You more. I pray that Your word will nourish and sustain me each day. Amen.
Mary Gosselin, Women’s Ministry Team