Feed on the Spice of My Word - Cathy Hopkins
Recently I awoke in the middle of the night to these words:
Feed on the spice of My Word, not the drudgery of the world.
At first reflection it was easy to think I knew what Holy Spirit was saying through this statement. I found it a fresh way of saying a truth I felt I knew and I enjoyed His verbiage a lot. However, to ensure I had a full picture of what the Lord was speaking to me, I looked up the two words spice and drudgery.
Spice - zest, flavor, and ‘delight of something that satisfies’
Drudgery - dull, irksome, fatiguing work/labor, menial
Our Heavenly Father offers us life and that more abundantly! (John 10:10) The only thing the world has to offer us is the constant drain of fatiguing work that, in the end, is dull and irksome.
Father God offers us zest and flavor in this life as we soak in His Word. His Word is a source that gives us ‘delight with satisfaction’! The world offers a menial life (lowly and sometimes degrading). The contrast is truly striking.
He gives us a choice..... and offers us the correct answer. “I have set before you life and death.....therefore choose life.” (Duet 30:19) Life with zest and delight! Life with spice!
At first, I did not go beyond a cursory thought for this word, apparently deciding I knew what this meant. I word searched spice and drudgery and thought I had done my due diligence to this powerful phrase.
However, Holy Spirit had a different idea. The morning after I studied and wrote the above I was getting ready for work, reading the Word, going about starting the new day. When quite unexpectantly, I heard Holy Spirit bring up the word feed. And immediately after that I heard ‘fodder’ which, as a dairy farm girl, gave me an instant picture of a 'cow chewing her cud.' When I typed this phrase into an internet search bar I immediately saw this:
“Cows spend nearly eight hours out of every day ‘chewing their cud’.... next, the rumen muscles send the cud back up to the cow’s mouth, where it is rechewed and swallowed again, this time going to the Omasum section of the stomach in order to squeeze out all of the moisture.”
Wow! Chewing on the spice of the Word ‘eight hours’ a day will certainly cause some serious changes in one’s life. You might say, how can anyone do this? Well, what does chewing on the Word really mean? Once we have spent some time in the Word of God asking Holy Spirit to breathe the Ruach breath of God on it, to illuminate what He has for us, we can spend much of our day pondering, meditating and even quietly speaking out this Word. In other words, chewing on it.
The Word of God states in many places and ways that we are to eat the Word. (Ez 2:8, Jer 15:16, Mat 4:4) In addition to eating it, the fact that, in the example of the cow, the ‘cud’ is sent back to the cow’s mouth was quite intriguing to me in light of what I felt/sensed Holy Spirit was highlighting. What are we to do after we ponder and meditate the Word? Put it in our mouth! SPEAK IT OUT! Declare it forth! Use our sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. (Eph 6:17)
The Book of Hebrews chapter 5 tells us that those who continue to feed on milk are mere infants (not able to talk yet!) AMPC version So if infants needing milk are those who are unable to talk, then it seems to me that the speaking part (the chewed food being brought back to the mouth) is a very important part of our growth in the Lord.
We are to stop needing milk and instead feed on solid food. Solid food definitely takes more work/time to digest. It is time for us to grow up my brothers and sisters - into the manifested Sons and Daughters of the Most High God, by feeding on His Word. As we continue with the picture of a cow chewing its cud and bringing it up to its mouth to then once more have it go into its stomach, we can see how we should be chewing and swallowing, bringing it up to our mouths to speak it out then, chew and swallow again, absorbing every part of His Word into our very being.
Through the continuous process of feeding on the Word we can ‘squeeze out all the moisture’ (water of the Word) and let the spice of the Word bring ‘delight with satisfaction’ to our lives.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
There is such great promise when we ‘feed’ on Him and His Word.
And all His promises are Yes and Amen! (2 Cor 1:20)
Song of Songs 6:2-3 (the Passion Translation)
My lover has gone down
into his garden of delight,
the place where his spices grow,
to feast with those pure in heart.
I know we shall find him there.
He is within me — I am his garden of delight.
I have him fully and now he fully has me!
Let’s feast on Him through His Word. Let’s let Him have us fully.
Cathy Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the IAHR Executive Director and the Director of Spokane Healing Rooms at our Headquarters in Spokane, WA.