When you marinate food before cooking it, more is going on than meets the eye (or the taste buds).
You’re doing more than simply soaking the food in a seasoned liquid to add extra flavour to it.
You’re actually changing its structure and making it yield.
Marinating tenderizes meat, breaking down tough connective tissues to make it more palatable. It also helps meat retain moisture, ensuring that the cooked meat will be juicy and not dry.
Marinades usually have a sharp, acidic ingredient, like wine, vinegar or lemon juice, or an enzymatic one, like yogurt of papaya. Herbs, spices and oils are added as well.
Whether you use a red-wine-based marinade for beef dishes, or a tangy yogurt-lemon one for chicken, your meat is guaranteed to turn out tender and better-tasting.
Likewise, when we meditate on God’s Word, or “marinate” in it, we’re doing more than simply adding Biblical quotations to our knowledge base.
As we absorb and internalize Scripture, it changes us and leaves us better off than before.
Marinating in the example of Jesus and the evidence of God’s love for us makes us more tender-hearted toward others.
It breaks down the barriers of wrong thinking that have been set up in our minds.
It makes us more yielding to God’s will instead of insisting on our own.
It doesn’t leave us dry, but fills us with the living water that Christ offers.
Just as a marinade for meat contains an acidic liquid, God’s Word has a sharpness of its own. In fact, it is “sharper than any two-edged sword,” giving us discernment and wisdom.
God’s Word also adds a richness and flavour to our characters that attracts others.
Why wouldn’t you want to “soak” yourself in such a powerful substance?
So how about starting a Bible reading program this summer?
You can use a hard copy of Scripture, or take advantage of the many ways to access Bible resources online.
You might want to check out one of the following:
You won’t regret becoming more familiar with God’s Word. It is life-changing, soul-saving, refreshing and inspiring.
Marinating in God’s Word is the best thing you can do for yourself, next to accepting Christ as your Saviour.
Chew on that for a while!
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