If you are hungry for the Word of God, you shall be filled. There may be times you have approached God’s Word as an obligation to fulfill because you need to read it. There may also be times you are just forced to open the Bible because it is there in your schedule. Or, perhaps, there never was a schedule, and you rarely think of opening the Bible. In these cases, there is no hunger for God’s Word. You may open the Bible and read it but you could not fully grasp what the message is. Reading the Bible feels like a dull task. But think of the time when your stomach was churning in hunger. At the smell of a food, your salivary glands work double time. When the food was served, you were excited to eat it, you savored it with enjoyment , and ate it to your satisfaction. You loved every taste of it. That is also how your spirit is filled and satisfied when you are hungry for God’s Word. You enjoy meditating on it and you get filled with it. You love every bit of it.
“How love I your law! It is my meditation all day.” – Psalm:119:97
You can taste the sweetness of God’s Word when you are filled with it. It is only when God asked Ezekiel to eat the scroll that Ezekiel tasted the sweetness of God’s Word like the sweetness of honey.
“He said to me, Son of man, cause your belly to eat, and fill your bowels with this scroll that I give you. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.” – Ezekiel:3:3
Even the Psalmist experienced the same thing. God’s word is sweet, even sweeter than honey.
‘How sweet are your promises to my taste, More than honey to my mouth!” – Psalm:119:103
How can you taste the sweetness of the food? You can only know its taste when you feed on it and be filled with it as Ezekiel’s belly was filled with the scroll. Unless you feed and be filled with the Word of God, you cannot fully taste it. You cannot even know if it is sweet. But feeding on God’s Word like a person who is hungry for it would reveal to you its sweetness beyond your imagination. And sweetness is not just limited to the sense of taste. It permeates your feelings and thoughts. When you eat your favorite dessert, you get a rush of joy and excitement before your tongue senses the sweetness of its taste. You feel a sweet and joyful sensation even before you taste it. And tasting it is like a happy pill. Such is the sweetness of God’s Word when you have fully digested it. It permeates your heart and mind. It gives you joy. It fills you with hope.