Thursday, April 8, 2010

daily text 4/8

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
"His delight is in the law of Jehovah" (Psalm 1:2)

When we first learned the truths contained in God's Word and then dedicated our lives to Jehovah, we probably read the Bible eagerly. We likely prayed fervently and often. And we delighted to attend congregation meetings, viewing each one as a source of spiritual refreshment, like an oasis for a thirsty man. That course helped us to break free of and keep free of the world's spirit. Do we still try to read the Bible each day? Are our prayers frequent and heartfelt? Do we love congregation meetings, attending all of them each week? (Psalm 84:10) Or have we lost some of these good habits? Of course, we may have many demands upon our time and energy, and it can be challenging to maintain a healthy spiritual routine. But if some of our good habits have suffered over time, could it be that we are succumbing to the spirit of the world? Will we now make a strong effort to revive the good habits we once had?
(Watchtower issue: 9/15/08, 4:10, 11)

A brother gave a good illustration about this, when it comes to enjoying our 'spiritual' feeding program. Jesus said that ‘Man must live, not on bread alone, but on every utterance coming forth through Jehovah’s mouth.’ (Matthew 4:4) So God knows that we need to maintain a regular spiritual feeding program to be balanced & healthy and to feel our best, (the same way we need to eat physical food everyday and get regular exercise to be healthy and feel our best). But there's a big difference between enjoying a variety of well prepared meals that taste good -versus- eating the exact same thing, like flavorless oatmeal all the time, or having someone throw down a slab of raw meat, and mushy, unappetizing vegetables and tell you to eat them.

In a situation like that, a person would easily be tempted to start skipping meals at home, and 'eating out' all the time! =) So he said that if we just 'rush through' our prayers and personal Bible study just to 'get it done' -without taking the time to really prepare for the meetings and the ministry by researching and meditating on what we're studying,...we can start to lose our appreciation for spiritual food, and develop an unhealthy appetite for the 'junk food' of this world.