While living in France, it was a little intimidating to be the first to cut the cheese when offered that cheese platter. For the French, nothing stinks more than someone who has not cut the cheese properly! This display in Alsace at the Munster Cheese Museum gives the correct method for each form of cheese. There is a certain logic to the rules as everyone gets an even piece in size and rind. When rules are followed, the presentation will stay beautiful and leftovers will keep better.
Today’s verse likens the experience of reading God’s Word to the pleasure there is in a really good French cheese. So many of them 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 God, 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, lift the weight of that sadness and replace it with Your joy and delight.