6 Ways a Daily Habit in God’s Word Nurtures You

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Dry, barren, arid, desolate, parched, depleted, fruitless, empty… do any of those words resonate with your heart or how you have been feeling in this season of ministry?

It is so easy for us to get so busy doing work for the Lord that we fail to spend time with the Lord and hover dangerously close to burn out. 

We are busy people, we have husbands and children and homes and ministry and we run out of time for us!  How can we find time to recharge?  What can we do to care for ourselves and prevent burnout?

There are lots of things we can do to care for ourselves – make time to

  • get enough sleep
  • drink lots of water
  • exercise
  • read
  • create something
  • relax
  • do things that excite and recharge ourselves

but there is one thing that Jesus said is necessary.

Martha and Mary  (Luke 10:38-42)

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

You probably know about the day that Martha welcomed Jesus into her home.  Luke 10 tells us that she was distracted with much serving.  I see myself in that – not just in having people in my home – but all the various things we are so busy doing for the Lord.  I get distracted in that.  She, just like each of us, was very obviously spending a great deal of her time and energy serving Him.  She was also frustrated when her sister sat at Jesus’s feet and didn’t help her.  Oh, do I see myself in her – her words sound just like my words when I am busy, and frustrated and I’m feeling like no one is helping me!  “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But Jesus replied “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (emphasis mine)

Do you see what Jesus said – one thing is necessary and Mary has chosen it.  Obviously, the work needs to get done.  But if we spend all of our time hurrying from one thing to another, Jesus put it “anxious and troubled”, and neglect to sit with Jesus – we will miss that one thing that is necessary – spending time with Him.  Spending time with Jesus every day nourishes our soul.  We are then equipped to do the work that Jesus has given us to do for Him.

Psalm 119 is all about His word.  This is what the Bible says will happen if we spend time in His Word. 

It gives us 6 ways that spending time in His word nourishes our hearts.

1. A daily habit in God’s word gives us hope.

Psalm 119:81  My soul longs for your salvation, I hope in your word.

2.  A daily habit in God’s word gives us life.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

3.  A daily habit in God’s word gives us delight.

Psalm 119:16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 119:35  Lead me in the path of your commandments (ESV)  for there I find delight (NIV)

4.  A daily habit in God’s word gives us counsel.

Psalm 119:24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.

5.  A daily habit in God’s word gives us comfort.

Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.

6.  A daily habit in God’s word gives us joy.

Psalm 119:111  Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.

Hope, life, delight, counsel, comfort and joy!  Those are words that nourish our souls, that give us strength for our lives.  We must remember every day to choose the one thing that is necessary to refresh our souls – spending time with Him!!

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