A "large crowd assembled, and they were without anything to eat." —Mark 8:1
The crowd following Jesus had nothing to eat. Moreover, some of them had "come a great distance" to hear His words (Mk 8:3). Unless Jesus had miraculously fed the people, some of them would have literally collapsed (Mk 8:3).
How hungry are you for God's word? Would you come a great distance to hear the word? Are you so intent on hearing God's word that you would put yourself in a position where you couldn't get any food? Would you sacrifice to the point of physically collapsing to receive the spiritual nourishment of God's word?
The psalmist proclaimed: "How sweet to my palate are Your promises, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Ps 119:103) Jeremiah said: "When I found Your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart" (Jer 15:16). "Be as eager for milk as newborn babies — pure milk of the Spirit to make you grow unto salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good" (1 Pt 2:2-3, see also Heb 6:5). Hunger for God's word.
Prayer: Father, may I eat more spiritually than I do physically.
Promise: "Those who had eaten numbered about four thousand." —Mk 8:9
Praise: Hungering for a word from God, Amelia drove some distance to attend worship services.
Reference: (To grow in hunger for God's word, read the Bible daily. For encouragement, order any or all of these audio or video tapes: Ignorance of Scriptures is Ignorance of Christ, AV 82-1, V-82, How to Pray the Bible on audio AV 82-3 or on video V-82, How to Read the Bible on audio AV 46-3 or on video V-46, Principles of Bible Interpretation, audio AV 79-1, video V-79, Biblical Counseling, audio AV 13A-1, AV 13A-3, AV 13B-3 or on video starting with V-13A.)
Rescript: †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 26, 2009
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