I love cooking. Actually, let me start over…..When I have the time, I love cooking. Sometimes the craziness of life makes meal preparation a bit nerve racking, trying to quickly finish so the food can be scarfed down and someone can race off to a practice or a meeting, or even just begin the bedtime routine. But every once in a while, a leisurely weekend afternoon comes along when my wife and I decide to make several freezer meals at once, and we’ll spend half the day cooking. I like these days for two reasons: one, because I know I won’t be eating Ramen noodles for lunch the next few days and, two, because I love pulling out the good ole “tried and true” recipes that we cling to and know by heart…...ones that make our mouths water just thinking about. Some recipes I have made so many times, I could tell you exactly how many teaspoons of this and cups of that are needed – repetition has committed them to memory and allowed me to use them at a moment’s notice, without having to go on a cookbook scavenger hunt to find them. Isn’t it the same way with scripture? Repetition allows us to commit scripture to memory so we can arm ourselves with God’s word to help spiritually guide both ourselves and others.
In Matthew 4, Jesus was being tested in the wilderness by Satan. Verses 3-4 say “The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written, man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
In Ephesians 6, Paul writes to the people in Ephesus to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground” (verse 13). And along with the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and shield of faith, we are to “take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (verse 17).
In this scripture, Jesus and Paul highlight not only the importance of God’s word, but of carrying it with us. With our long prayer lists…..for our children, families, schools, community, our country…..we need to make sure we are stocking up the right tools for whatever job God has in store for us. It may not be so important that I know how to whip up a batch of waffles from scratch without a recipe, but storing up God’s word for the moments He calls us into action is.
In Christian Love,