This morning I asked God what He wanted this devotional to be about, and immediately I heard the word “regurgitate”. It struck me with awe and disgust, honestly. Regurgitation isn’t a lovely thing, but I saw what the Lord was saying.
Regurgitate: Bring (swallowed food) up again to the mouth. Repeat (information) without analyzing or comprehending it.
Do you regurgitate the Word?
That’s the question that I hear God asking. So often when I come across people, and I’ve also been guilty myself, I hear them spout off scripture to any situation, but I can feel that they don’t believe what they are saying. Oftentimes, it just seems they’ve simply been taught what to say. The problem with that is, it doesn’t work if you don’t absorb it. Let the Word sit on your spirit and soak through your mind.
What good would it be if we put food in our mouths and chewed it a bit and then spit it out? Would you then wonder why you were wasting away physically? Most assuredly it would be because you were not receiving the nutrients you needed because the food was never reaching your stomach.
The Word of God is the same, we can’t expect it to fill us if we never allow it to work its way through our heart, mind, and spirit.
I know this is a heavy word, but it’s so necessary.
The Bible instructs us to meditate on the word. This requires a time of absorption. In a world where “fast” is king, we are to live counter to that. This world is not our home, so why would we live according to it? Instead of living according to scriptures you’ve just memorized, what if you took time and asked God to teach them to you? The Bible is to be read in partnership with Holy Spirit. That’s what gives it life. That’s Who teaches you about what you are reading. Holy Spirit is our Counselor. If you are just reading the Word, to fulfill your daily quota and not asking God to speak to you and teach you while you are reading, then you are honestly mostly wasting time. It’s when we lean into His heart and receive His teachings that we truly benefit, and it moves from head knowledge to heart knowledge. There’s a huge difference.
Today, I encourage you to start fresh. Take a verse or chapter in the Bible and pray before reading. Ask Holy Spirit to really teach you about what you are reading. Ask Holy Spirit to make it relevant to your life and to really absorb His Words. Then as you walk out this day, remain aware of what you’ve read and learned, and you might be surprised at how God will work it into your day.
Blessings to you today!
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it- not forgetting what they have heard but doing it- they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25