By Vickey Banks
CRBC Author & Bible Teacher
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. – Jeremiah 15:16
The prophet Jeremiah knew a good feast when he ate one.
I love the visual picture Jeremiah’s words painted when he said to God, “Your words were found, and I ate them” (Jeremiah 15:16). The original word he used for “ate” doesn’t mean he merely nibbled or tasted God’s Word, it means he devoured or consumed it like it was food for a hungry man.
Are you hungry for God’s Word?
I was a freshman at The University of Oklahoma when two senior girls approached me. Looking for a dorm room to lead a Bible Study in, they asked if I’d like to offer mine.
What those girls couldn’t have known was that I’d spent years intimidated by virtually everything about the Bible and by everyone who seemed to know anything about it. I was heavily convicted that I should be reading the Bible, but doing so seemed boring, unrelatable, or simply made my head spin - the confusing names and formal language from a time so long ago, places I didn’t know and stories I couldn’t remember. I felt sure I was missing out on something good, and I longed to better understand the Bible, but I was too self-conscious about my lack of knowledge to ask anyone for help. And these girls were offering to come to my little dorm room and teach me!
Aside from salvation, sitting cross-legged on my dorm room floor and learning to study God’s Word is the greatest gift I’ve ever been given. It has positively impacted every single area of my life. This was not a gift I could keep to myself. Within a year, I went from not having a clue as to how to study the Bible to actually helping others do so. I have found that when I come to God’s Word really truly hungry to hear Him, He has generously given me much to chew on. I have found more purpose, hope, comfort, instruction, correction, love, forgiveness, grace, mercy and encouragement than my heart has at times felt it could hold.
Council Road is offering a feast of new Bible Study options this next week, and you’re invited!
There are daytime and evening options, men’s groups, women’s groups, and co-ed groups. They’ll teach you how to resolve conflict, overcome addictions, do spiritual battle and get more from your personal Bible Study, as well as how to feed yourself and others from God’s Word.
Check out and choose one of our Bible Study options at www.councilroad.org and join us at the feast. But to savor every bit of sweet, savory and spicy flavor God is offering…come hungry and be ready to devour His words for you!