A friend asked me the other day how I manage to read my Bible every day. She said she has a hard time getting into it or understanding it. How do you “fall in love” with God’s Word and grow your affections for reading something that, well, doesn’t seem that interesting sometimes? I was thinking about this and realized that broccoli and the Bible have something in common!

Did you know that when you crave chocolate, it’s usually due to a magnesium deficiency, which is found in broccoli or avocados? So you are never REALLY satisfied with the chocolate because that’s not what your body actually needs. That’s why eating chocolate or sugar always leads you to wanting and needing more — because it’s not really scratching the itch you have. I feel like that with God’s Word. Sometimes I try feeding my spirit with chocolate (shopping, Facebook, validation from friends and loved ones, or even good sermons or Christian books, etc.) but nothing will really satisfy my craving like broccoli (God’s Word) will. But broccoli isn’t always fun to eat — that’s why it has to be a choice!

Over the years I’ve learned that turning my affections towards God and His Word is not a feeling or desire; it’s an intentional choice like choosing broccoli instead of brownies when you are on a diet. It starts as a choice and eventually turns into an affection. It becomes an affection when you begin to live what you read and see the change that takes place and the freedom and peace that results from it. That’s when reading God’s Word becomes a necessity to survive the day! Now, when I don’t spend time with God and His Word, I can feel the malnutrition and the spiritual lethargy that results.

However you need to set aside time n your day, what it all comes down to is this: when you are tempted by the chocolate of this world, choose broccoli instead and feed your soul with something that will truly satisfy!

“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” -Psalm 119:9-11

 

Stephanie Parker

Old Testament Survey
Sundays
6:30 p.m.
Oak Room at the Fort Worth Campus
Wish you understood the Old Testament? If you’ve ever stopped reading the Old Testament because it was confusing or intimidating, now’s your chance to understand it in a new way. In Old Testament Survey you’ll discover the unfolding story of God’s great love book by book as Dr. Bill Egner guides you and connects each story to Jesus and your life today. Questions about the class? Email Laurie at LaurieE@christchapelbc.org.

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