Art Journal Note:
This background picture of some yummy chocolate bars is taken from a magazine article – I just felt it fitted this verse so well! I then simply wrote the verse out separately on some white paper, cut it out and glued it onto the page.
This page is inspired by some of the words of the prophet Jeremiah:
When I discovered your words, I ate them up;
they were my great joy and my heart’s delight.
I am Yours, and I bear the name of the Eternal God.
Jeremiah 15 v 6
Do you feel hungry for God?
Does your soul thirst after Him?
Do you hunger and thirst for God with a deep-down desperation that comes from living in this broken world, and knowing that only He has the answers, that only He can give us Hope?
Our hope is found in His Word. It can be our great joy and our heart’s delight.
Recently I’ve been working through Wendy Blight’s amazing Bible study book, ‘Living So That’ which I highly recommend (see link below). Today I read a really powerful statement about the Word of God, and I just had to share it here. Wendy Blight quotes from a sermon from Thomas Bevers:
This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.
Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s character.
Here, paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.
It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.
Christians in many parts of the world are hungry for God’s Word, literally. Only the other day I was reading about the incredible spread of the gospel in China, and how there is a desperate shortage of Bibles. The Bible Society told the story of a 94 year old woman called Zhang Doazhen who was finally given a Bible of her own, after coming to Christ as a girl. She waited 80 years for her own Bible. There was just one Bible in her village, shared by them all. For years and years, the whole village took turns to read the Bible. When her turn came, she used to copy out verses by hand into a precious notebook. “These were the happiest moments of my life,” she said. This story has really made me stop and think.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your Word, that is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Your Word gives me all I need. Your spoken words created the whole universe; your written words are living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, and you have graciously given these to us to help us to know You.
Your Words are my great joy and my heart’s delight, I treasure Your Word and hunger and thirst after You.
Thank you that in Jesus Christ, I am Yours, and I bear the name of the Eternal God.
In Jesus name,
Living So That – Making Faith-filled choices in the midst of a messy life, by Wendy Blight