Scripture and a sour stomach

Revelation 10:1-9; 11:1-15 (day seven)

“Take it and eat it.  It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”  v 10:9.

Strange image.  Not unusual in the Bible.  The strong angel tells John to eat the scroll!  “Your words came to me, and I did eat them.” said Jeremiah.  The idea (clearly) is that Scripture must “get inside of me” to have its powerful effect.  I digest it.  It becomes part of of me.

It will not always be fun to do so.  As sweet as God’s word can be (to my guilty soul or confused mind) it is, just as often, a bitter pill.  My stomach turns sour as I struggle to apologize, to confess sin, to wait on the Lord as His word instructs.

“They word is a lamp unto my feet” says the scripture to God.  True, but it also can be a pain in the belly.


Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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