When you hear the names Mark Wiens, Anthony Bourdain, and Bobby Flay, what one word comes to mind? Yes—FOOD! Mark Wiens’ signature frame is when he bites into some tender, perfectly prepared steak—or flavorful lobster—or a specialty dish from somewhere around the world. As the flavor sinks into his taste buds, he closes his eyes and seems to forget about everything else, soaking it in. Everyone watching knows how much he delights in that food. These men have become successful in the food industry because of their love for and delight in food.
When I think of successful men in Scripture, names like Job, King David, and the Apostle Paul come to mind. What did these men have in common that made them successful? We find the answer in their own words, and it is this: their success was founded in their love for and delight in God’s Word.
In Job 23:12, Job said, “…I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
In Romans 7:22, Paul said, “…I delight in the law of God after the inward man:”
And in Psalm 1:2-3, David tells us that a successful man has “his delight in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
These men were successful in God’s eyes because they loved and delighted in His Word.
The question for today is this: do we delight in the Word of God? We all have hobbies, habits, and appetites for things in this world that we delight in. But if we want true success, we must come to a place where we truly delight in God’s Word.
As a foodie enjoys sitting down, sticking his spoon (or chopsticks) into a steaming dish of flavorful food, do you enjoy sitting down daily, opening up your Bible, and having your soul fed with the richness that is found in it? It’s not a chore to these men to take a good bite. Neither should it be for the Christian to be fed by the Word.
If I am going to be successful as a father, a husband, a teacher, a leader, a Christian, I must delight in God’s Word after the inner man. On a side note, my inner man will delight in God’s Word when I’m not filling it with the things of this world. Today, this week, in our lives, let’s start the road to successful living by delighting in God’s words and feeding on them daily.
As children of God, we need to examine ourselves constantly to make sure our love is still devoted to Him.
Our willingness to humbly take correction and instruction is a pathway for wisdom.