A chicken is in “hog heaven” if he can work a compost pile. Rather than being fed at a common trough where the food is already prepared and laid out, the chicken is happier when he can hunt and peck his own dinner! He can scratch and search without fighting the others. Sorting through the compost for those favored morsels is actually healthier for the chicken. A friend of mine told me that his chickens prefer eating this way and it helps flatten the pile in just minutes!
Hearing my friend’s story, I could not help but think of today’s verse. God’s Word is our spiritual food and we want to correctly handle it. Whether we listen to a sermon or follow a well-thought out study guide, we want to ingest God’s Word for good spiritual health. Just as newborn babies grow through milk, so we grow spiritually through the pure milk of his Word (I Peter 2:2-3). But as we grow, we eat differently. Not every meal needs to be pre-prepared. God has given to us His Spirit to teach and guide us into His truth. Nothing causes a growth spurt as much as the work of our own personal study!
I enjoy a good meaty sermon and appreciate all the hard work put into it. There are a number of authors I enjoy and respect that help me dig into Scripture. But somehow, when I find that treasure, that tasty morsel on my own, my faith is strengthened. The Lord is giving me exactly what I needed when I needed it.
Thank you Lord, for rewarding my study with the tastiest morsels!