SWEET WORDS

Jer.15:16 – Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.

Every time I read this word from Jeremiah it reminds me of my old friend Dick Mills. I could easily hear Brother Mills say this, “Your words were found, and I ate them,

And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;” I have never met anyone who loved God’s word like him. The beautiful thing about Dick being in my life for so many years before he passed was that his passion was contagious. I would usually see Dick twice a year. Inevitably he would bring me the most recent Bible translation or a set of old commentaries or even a Greek or Hebrew wordbook. I believe I received an even better gift from him, an impartation into my soul that produced a love for God’s word. Feeding on His word is surely the greatest treasure we have in this life. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this verse.

“That the word of God, which he was employed to preach to others, he had experienced the power and pleasure of in his own soul, and therefore had the graces of the Spirit to qualify him for the divine favor, as well as his gifts. We find some rejected of God who yet could say, Lord, we have prophesied in thy name. But Jeremiah could say more: “Thy words were found, found by me” (he searched the scripture, diligently studied the law, and found that in it which was reviving to him: if we seek we shall find), “found for me” (the words which he was to deliver to others were laid ready to his hand, were brought to him by inspiration), “and I did not only taste them, but eat them, received them entirely, conversed with them intimately; they were welcome to me, as food to one that is hungry; I entertained them, digested them, turned them into blood and spirits, and was myself delivered into the mould of those truths which I was to deliver to others.”

This characteristic that Jeremiah is describing in today’s verse is a sure sign of true conversion. You may love football, shopping, holidays, or jewelry but once you taste the sweetness of God’s word those other delights will fall to a distant second. There is nothing that compares to the sweetness of Christ found in His word.

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