“I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”Job 23:12
Recently, I had a sweet encounter with one of our cats. Tippy is a very loving cat who sleeps most of the day, and occasionally gets up to eat, drink and go back to lay down. She usually gets up when someone is entering the room in hopes of getting some loving pets, as well. On this one encounter, she heard me coming down the stairs and ran over to where I entered the room. I petted her a few times, with her nudging me with her head, a gesture from a cat that pet psychologists claim is the equivalent to a kiss.
I sat down on the floor to pet her more, and she took a few steps toward her food and water dishes. She looked at the dishes, then to me. She looked back to her dishes, then walked over to me. I petted her and talked to her as she flopped over on her side and purred with delight. I petted her this way for 10 minutes or so before she finally got up to go to her dishes.
This encounter reminded me of this passage from Job. In this part of the book, Job has lost everything but his life. He is scraping sores on his skin with broken pottery to ease the pain and arguing with his friends. Yet in the middle of all of this turmoil and trouble, he makes this exclamation: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
What a declaration! More than anything else, even more than his necessary sustenance, Job craved the Word of God. That is how our relationship should be with God. When we delve into His Word, it can lead to the most intimate encounter with our Lord and Savior, and we can start to crave His Word more than anything else.
Just as Tippy decided to have some intimate time with me before eating, how much more should we crave intimate time with God studying His Word above all else. Let us challenge ourselves to have that intimate time with God more often!



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