I have been learning firsthand (for a time) all about eating “vegan.” It is a bit strange for me to cut out of my meals any animal product whatsoever. I really do not miss the meat or eggs, but the cheese? Hey, I live in France where cheese is dessert, after all! A bit hard to go without it! Do I feel better as a vegan? Well, the animals sure do!
Our verse for today likens the experience of reading God’s Word to the pleasure there is in good food. In the realm of food there are many dishes that I consider a joy and delight to my taste buds. Here, the Word of God can be a joy and delight to one’s heart.
Jeremiah was known as the “weeping prophet” as his message was one of judgement for his own people. One does not usually associate the words, “joy” and “delight” with Jeremiah. Yet, even knowing that his people would reject his God-given message, he could still find gladness in his own relationship with the Lord. He knew he belonged to the Lord God of Hosts.
There are precious loved ones in my life who also reject God’s message of salvation. There is no avoiding heartbreak over that hard reality. Yet, God does not want me to live my life in sadness. He wants to give me joy and delight through His Word and through my relationship with Him.
Lord, may my sadness over the souls of loved ones be overshadowed by joy and delight found in You!