As I sat and let this verse sink below the surface of my heart yesterday I thought about the time I take to marinate chicken in spices.
Well, not exactly.
The longer I marinate my chicken pieces in garlic, lemon, pepper, paprika, sea salt and cumin, the richer the flavour when it comes time to cook. The length of time these ingredients are given to marry determines how the dish will taste when I serve it.
A quick and hasty marinating time will yield minimal flavour and a meal soon forgotten.
A long and intentional marinating time will yield amazing flavour and a meal no one will forget.
The longer I 'marinate' my mind and heart in God's Word the more obvious His characteristics will be seen in my life, the deeper His truths will sink into my spirit, and the easier it will be to hear Him speak and thus follow His lead.
The longer I marinate in His Word the braver I become about sharing it.
The longer I marinate in Scripture the more I relax and find my soul open to receive the 'spices' of His correction, forgiveness, comfort, direction and love.
Don't know about you, but I need more time in the marinating bowl of my Bible.
Fortunately, God is rather generous about that and offers to give me all I need.
It's a promise to all His children.
Bless you heaps,