Hallelujah for an amazing College Conference! This weekend was a necessary break from the whirlwind of midterms, homework, and projects. How wonderful it is to press pause on college life and spend some quality time eating, drinking, and breathing the Lord. This time the title of the conference was “Enjoying the Word of God as the Loving Seekers of God.” Did you know that the Word/the Bible is something to be enjoyed by man? First Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,” and in Matthew 4:4 it says, “…Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” With these two verses, we can see that the Word is not something to merely read for some knowledge or understanding, but is actually something we should take into our being. It is not a coincidence that the Bible is compared to air (breath) and food (bread), two necessities of human life.
I enjoyed two ways to take in the word of God as food and breath; the first is to engage your human spirit. The Lord Jesus became the life-giving Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45b), and in fact the word is even the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). If we want to receive the word into us, we need to take it in as the Spirit. One practicable way is just to pray over what you read. If in your Bible reading you get to a juicy verse, one that touches your heart in a particular way, maybe pause for a breath or two and pray using that verse to God, breathing Him into us. The second way to enjoy the word is just to love God :). Turn your heart to the Lord and the veil will be taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16). If you feel cold or empty and need a breath of fresh air and a satisfying meal just say, “Lord Jesus I love You,” and seek Him in the word. If you have read up to this point, then I encourage you to take one of the verses (they are in parentheses), turn your heart to God, and use them to pray to God.