God’s Word Is Better Than Bacon
“I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments”
What do you crave? For me, there is almost nothing better in this world than bacon. If I walk into a building and smell it cooking, my mouth begins to water and my mind immediately thinks, “I want some!” Even if I already have a full stomach, I know that the meaty, salty goodness of bacon will hit the spot. I crave it! Seriously, even thinking about bacon as I type this right now is making my mouth water.
I do not know what causes you to have that kind of reaction, but I can tell you that a juicy cheeseburger at the end of a long day, an ice-cold Diet Coke when the weather is hot and humid, and a piping hot cup of strong black tea on a rainy day, as the song goes, these are just a few of my favorite things! As much as I desire and even pant for these gastronomic delights, my prayer is that I would desire God’s Word even more.
Too many times I have approached the Word of God like it was some bad tasting cough medicine or limp leafy spinach (or insert whatever vegetable you do not particularly desire but know is good for you). God’s Word is good for you, but it is not dry bran muffin material. God’s Word can delight even the most discerning palate and send your spiritual taste buds soaring. The psalmist declared that “as the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God” (Ps 42:1) and that we should “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps 34:8). Earlier in Psalm 119, the writer professed, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps 119:103).
These beautiful sentiments should be on the lips of every believer. Yet, far too often, I do not long for God’s commandments like I long for some tasty morsel of food. How about you? Do you hunger and pant for the Word of God or do you have days like I do where you struggle with wanting to read God’s Word? I have found the best way to create an appetite for the things of the Lord is to have a steady diet of the Bible.
Reading the Bible is almost like eating salty potato chips (but much, much better for you!)—the more you read or eat the more you want. One other thing I have discovered: If I gorge myself on the things of this world, my appetite for the things of God gradually decreases. I stop hungering for Him because I have deceived myself into believing that worldly things can fulfill me, yet nothing could be farther from the truth.
As believers, our spiritual metabolisms were designed to run on godly food—the things of this world will never ultimately satisfy, and in some cases, could even make us really, really sick.
As you think about your own life, ask God to give you a hunger for His Word. And then, just start reading it. I had a pastor once tell me that as you develop the discipline of reading God’s Word, what once was just a duty becomes a delight. I would also encourage you to pray for discernment to see if you are consuming worldly things that are not good for you, possibly dulling your spiritual taste buds and causing you to believe the lie that worldly things are tastier and more fulfilling than godly things.
If you are looking to dig into God’s Word this year, but you are having trouble getting traction, consider using The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional for Women. This compact devotional can help you with appetite development, to train your spiritual tastes buds to hunger and feast on God’s Word. This devotional weds beautifully faithful biblical understanding with practical application for women. Plus, it is a fun way to start delighting your spiritual taste buds! Dig in, sisters!
 Rhonda Harrington Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson, eds., The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional for Women (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2017). The blog above is adapted from the devotional I wrote for day 168 (p. 342-343).