He was a stubborn old man in declining health. His wife was a faithful member of our church but he never came. The social workers who visited with him determined that he needed to get better nutrition. Then they gave him the good news that he qualified for meals on wheels. Every day the volunteers would deliver to the couple a hot meal with a balanced array of tasty, nutritious food. But no matter how the workers tried to coax the old gentleman to accept the meal he waved his hand at them and refused to eat it. He told them and his wife that all he wanted to eat was bologna sandwiches every day. That is all he had an appetite for.
Why would anyone prefer to eat bologna every day when they could have a hot nutritious meal? Seems strange doesn’t it? Yet many of God’s children do the same with their spiritual lives. Instead of chewing on the meat and potatoes of the Word of God, they load themselves full of bologna. Instead of a nutritious diet of Bible truth they fill up on entertainment and television. Instead of feasting on the riches of Christ they instead opt for computer games and social media. Joshua was told by the Lord in chapter 1 verse 8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”. If we are going to be successful in our walk with the Lord we need to meditate or (chew) on the Word of God.
One of the reasons why the church is so weak and anemic and doesn’t have a powerful impact on the world is that its members are malnourished because they have not been feeding on the Word. Psalm 1 tells us that the blessed man’s delight is in the law of the Lord in in His law he meditates day and night. How is your appetite? Are you full of the Word or full of bologna?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation