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This will sound strange to the unmarried, and probably to the newly married, but parents of infants actually buy them books to chew on (or more accurately, books that can hold up if they end up in a baby’s mouth because everything eventually ends up there). Interestingly, as spiritual babes (I Peter 2:1), God wants us to “gnaw” on His book.

He told Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night…” (Joshua 1:8)

The angel told John to eat up the “little book” of the message from God (Revelation 10:9).

Sometimes we say, “I don’t know about that, let me chew on it for a while” by which we mean we’re going to give it careful thought. This is what God wants us to do with His Word. He wants us to “chew on it” day by day until we have completely digested it.

God often uses food analogies to help us understand our relationship to the Word. For instance, Peter wrote: “as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye might grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2) and Paul admonished “For when the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, not strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14).

Develop a taste for the Book.