Theme of the Week: Reset Boundaries (Recharge)
Bible Verse: “But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1:1-6
When my wife Sakiko was a young girl living in Osaka, Japan, she loved mandarin oranges. Once while eating mandarin oranges, one after another, after another … her mother teased her by saying, “You’re turning orange.”
Whether Sakiko really did become a shade of orange or whether her mother was simply trying to persuade her to exercise some moderation, it’s true that we become what we eat. Since our bodies are continually shedding cells and producing new ones from the things we eat, what we eat literally becomes us.
This is equally true in the realm of spiritual realities: the spiritual food we digest will determine the person we become.
Jesus said that we do not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Psalm 1 describes the person who continually feeds on God’s Word as one who is truly blessed, a happy person, or as Eugene Peterson says, a person with “holy luck.”
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalm 1:1-6, ESV
I invite you to read this passage aloud.
Taken from God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu. Copyright ©2013 by Ken Shigematsu. Used by permission of Zondervan.
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