Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Marinate in the Word

Until recently, while reading blogs, I thought to ‘marinate’ meant to soak food (mainly meat) in a liquid mixture, in order to give it flavor when you cook it. To my surprise, Doug, over at CoffeeSwirls, mentioned that Christians should ‘marinate in the Word’

"'marinate in the Word'

.... meaning the Bible. He mentioned staying on a passage until he feels he is ready to move on.

A former Sunday School teacher of mine always stressed the importance of studying the Word for ourselves. His favorite verse was:

2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

John 17:17 say ‘thy word is truth.’ I believe, when we delve into the Word more and more, we find how easy it is to fall in love with the Word of God. It makes us want to study more and more. And, as we 'marinate' in the Word, we become saturated to the core with Truth, which causes us to become more acquainted with Jesus, and who He is. Scripture tells us in Romans 11:17 that ‘faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.’ And, as we study and build our faith, we find it easier each day to conform to what God wants our lives to be.

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Judy Callarman said...

Aha! I finally found another grandmother! Most of these bloggers everywhere are young adults; have you noticed that?

I myself would likely never have even learned to use a computer, but ten years ago, they put one in my office where I teach (a junior college) and said, "Learn to use this!"

In Christ--Judy

Barbara said...

Nice meeting you, Judy. Yes, I have noticed most are young, but I feel young at heart, too. I'm sure you do as well. I just get in there are mix it with them. :)

Besides, I've been on the computer so long, I'm addicted!

Wendy Ann Edwina D'Cunha e Pereira said...

What absolutely beautiful words...I know what you mean. Of course when you marniate in the word,as you said... it also challenges you . It challenges you to make changes, to give more of yourself and to let go of so much baggage, all the hurts, the judgement, the hatred and envy... That's why sometimes it's easier to just let it be...

Barbara said...

Wendy, you are right. How could one not want to change, after they've met the Jesus of the Word and marinated in His Truth?

Judy Callarman said...

This is very true. The more we "marinate" in the Word, the more in tune we are to God's nature and the better we hear his voice. Then we can know his loving daily guidance as he gently nudges us--or hits us right between the eyes, as the case may be.

Irish Church Lady :) said...

I like that saying. We are so rushed in doing things these days. When we read his word he does not want us to be rushed.

Better to read a little and reflect on it than a lot and not soak it in.