Psalm 119:103-104 – How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. (RSV)
Granules exploded in my mouth; a chalky substance chased them down my throat. Machines tipped me off balance: right, left, and center. I did not really enjoy the experience of an upper GI (gastro-intestinal) exam.
Still, my doctor had recommended it. He would use the results to diagnose some of my health issues. Promised relief made the unpleasant experience worthwhile in the long run.
The Bible does the same thing. Sometimes when we read a verse, it explodes in our minds and hearts. God's instruction, like the chalk in the GI test, points out our flaws and failures. It makes us examine areas where we are not very spiritually healthy. Glorious relief follows that diagnosis, as we choose to walk in obedience to the Great Physician.
Prayer: Dear God, we look forward to your GI series in our lives every day. Please continue to diagnose our heart condition. Even today, Lord, explode our understanding and help us to apply Your very clear instruction to the way we walk each day. We ask in the name of the Christ who died for us. Amen.