“The good man brings good things out of the good stored
up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things
out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”
A man was trying to explain good and evil to his grandson. He told him that they were like two wolves fighting inside a person. When the boy asked him which wolf won he responded, “The one you feed!”
We feed ourselves daily on a large variety of news, views and impressions. Much of what we take in relates to alarming and sensational happenings and the achievements, disasters and lifestyles of public figures. Our values can be diluted and our opinions re-formed by the world in which we live, the views we hear and the shows that we watch. Many people become cynical, depressed and afraid and they express it knowingly and unknowingly.
As Christians we must ensure that we are feeding ourselves on the truths of God. His revelations of Himself, His teachings and the accounts of His dealings with His people are vital to our growth and faith. It is not enough to listen to the odd sermon. We should be grounded in and familiar with at least the gospels, the letters of the New Testament and the Psalms as well. God’s word is still a living word and speaks into our situations. We need His teaching and insights to counter the diet served up by the world. They are not just words on a page but God speaking into our hearts, minds and spirits and into our situations.
Feed on the Scriptures. Pray and think them through. Make a Treasure Chest for yourself of God’s guidelines, promises and truths. They form the foundations of our faith, built upon the rock of Christ Himself and sustained and enlivened by the Holy Spirit.
“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35)
Start now to deepen your relationship with our Lord – it is eternal.
Lord Jesus please help me to become more of a person steeped in Your Word. May it feed my heart and mind and direct my thoughts, words and deeds. Amen.