Devotions By Jan

Bread Box

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Scripture for Today:  Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”

This ornate bread box served such a humble purpose, keeping rats and pests from entering and munching its contents.  It is called a “panetière” and it comes from Arles, France.  It now graces a corner of a museum in Massachusetts.  When it was used in the 18th century, it hung on the wall and added to the elegance of a room.  The rich walnut wood and the carving elevated something that was a daily necessity into a treasure!

Today’s verse gives a glimpse of the closeness and intimacy Job enjoyed with the Lord.  Job was an upright man who carefully obeyed and feared God.  But even more than that Job hung on God’s every word.  To Job, the words of God’s mouth were not only a daily necessity like bread, but a treasure!  Job had the same regard for God’s decrees as David had years later when he said they were more precious than gold (Psalm 19:10).

I want to esteem God’s Word as just this precious!  I do not want it to be just ornamental but something I use daily.  His Word is a treasure because in keeping it, “there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:11)  No other book on earth is as true, practical, or uplifting!  And His Word will never pass away as it is eternal (Matt. 24:35).  What other book could ever make that claim?  But I can be cavalier about this treasure, forgetting its Author and its import.  I have been spoiled by its ready availability and sometimes desensitized by familiarity.

Lord, don’t let me lose the wonder and awe of what I hold in my hands!


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