As a young teenage girl, I was obsessed with horoscopes to guide my day, eagerly searching them out each morning in the newspaper. A good friend pointed out that this daily practice was an offense to God (though she never really explained why). In an effort to find an acceptable alternative, I copied my favorite verses from Proverbs onto tiny pieces of paper, rolled them up, tied them each with a colorful piece of yarn and placed them in a small glass jar. When the jar was full, each morning I would pull one out at random to read and live by for the day instead of reading my horoscope.
I wonder what God thought of my fortune cookie approach to His Word? Are one-verse devotional readings, promise books, and verse-a-day calendars the same thing – like spiritual fortune cookies? Ways we seek to get a faith fix? What does God think when I use a fast food approach to His Word?
I know a fast food diet is unhealthy, but it is readily available and quickly eaten. A steady diet of fast food would wreak havoc on my heart and arteries. Maybe God wants me to approach the Bible more like a gourmet meal – savoring the flavor, chewing it slowly and enjoying it.
Perhaps a verse with a pithy devotional has its place – a few minutes in a busy day to focus my thoughts on God and to open my heart to hear Him speak. But He also wants me to take the time to study His Word – the complete passages in context, that I may be able to think God’s thoughts after Him instead of imposing my own ideas on the meaning of a single sentence.
I yearn to be so nourished by His Word that it fills my mind, directs my feet, and gradually transforms me. A burger and fries are alright sometimes, but I would rather have almond butter chicken and Caesar salad.