Soul Food Monday- Chewing on the Word of the Lord like a cow.

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Chewing on the Word of the Lord like a cow.

This post is a follow-up from last Monday’s post. In creating this post, my thoughts went back to when I was a little girl. We raised cows and I loved feeding them, watching and learning about them, they are very fascinating animals.

What I loved the most was watching them eat and then go out in the pasture and re-chew it.
What does that have to do with us reading the Word. Well!!

To meditate on God’s Word is to be like a cow chewing it’s cud. As it lays in the field and as it stands or walks about it chews its cud. The cow savors the grass in its mouth before filling its stomach. Then it sits down in the meadow and quietly regurgitates it, re-working it in its mouth before swallowing it. It sounds gross, but the process transforms grass into rich, creamy milk!
In the same way the Word of God is meant to become pure, sweet milk for us (1 Peter 2:2). When we meditate on God’s Word we take it from our mind down into our heart for prayer.
Cows consume anywhere from 45-90 pounds of food every day and drink between 25-50 gallons of water. That is a lot of consumption! Much of their daily intake is dependent on their weight and also on the moisture content in the forage (food) they are eating.
Not only do cows eat a lot but they spend a lot of time eating, averaging six and a half hours a day. And they take huge bites of food chewing very little before swallowing. In other words they just get it in! They aren’t worried about proper etiquette or anything. They just want the food!
The amount of food intake is largely dependent on the size of the cow (pun intended) and on the moisture in the food. These are two important key points when it comes to Christians eating like cows. The larger we get in our faith walk in Jesus the more we need to eat from Him to maintain and grow larger. This is NOT about works righteousness or about being better than anyone else. This is about seeking God and His truths, His will, His presence, HIM!!!! The more we get of Him the more we want of Him and the more we want of Him the more we get of Him!
Our daily consumption increases the heavier we get in His Word and in His presence. If five minutes of bible reading fills us up today, keep doing it because pretty soon our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits are not satisfied with five minutes a day. We will need and want more! As we increase our time in Him, He increases in us and as He increases in us, we decrease in ourselves. It is a beautiful thing that happens! God gets bigger and we get smaller, yet our appetite increases and we need more!
We must open and read the Scriptures ourselves and then chew on them. Chewing includes pondering and meditating on God’s Word day and night! Psalm 119:148 “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.”
We need to develop the art of grazing were it creates more of a desire to bask in His presence, bask in His Word, bask in Him! We have the privilege of knowing God – our Savior, Redeemer, Healer, King! He is everything! It is always a sacred and holy time when we meet with the Lord of our lives whether in public assemblies or in our prayer closets! We ought to discover the art of “grazing” in the Church! Sure, we can use the excuse we are not cows and we have work to do. But we best get serious about our faith and eat the Word now before we can’t. Yes, that time may come in the world where it is not as readily available. Will we know how to graze in Him when the world has nothing left to offer us?
Our “big” bites of food consist of sermons, bible studies, books, conferences, worship and praying the Word, and the like. We need to “get these in” our spirits, like cows get food into their first stomach and then comes the next amazing act of eating – re- chewing it!
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 NIV
Biblical meditation is kind of like that; it’s thought digestion. God wants us to get every ounce of spiritual nutrition out of his Word. He wants us to chew on it, digest it, and then chew on it some more.
Action steps:
�1. Do you have a place, time, or process for how you spend time with God? How can meditation enhance your quiet time with God?
2. Are you taking 15mins a day to chew on His Word?
Don’t Wait to Start
So kick up your feet. Crack open a Bible. Put your hands behind your head. And make like, well, a contented cow. Ruminate a while.
Chewing on the word of the Lord like a Cow.
This post is a follow-up from last Monday’s post. In creating this post, my thoughts went back to when I was a little girl. We raised cows and I loving feeding them, watching and learning about them, they are very fascinating animals.
What I love the most was watching them eat and then go out in the pasture and re-chew it.
What does that have to do with us reading the word. Well!!
To meditate on God’s Word is to be like a cow chewing it’s cud. As it lays in the field and as it stands or walks about it chews its cud. The cow savors the grass in its mouth before filling its stomach. Then it sits down in the meadow and quietly regurgitates it, re-working it in its mouth before swallowing it. It sounds gross, but the process transforms grass into rich, creamy milk!
In the same way the Word of God is meant to become pure, sweet milk for us (1 Peter 2:2). When we meditate on God’s Word we take it from our mind down into our heart for prayer.
Cows consume anywhere from 45-90 pounds of food every day and drink between 25-50 gallons of water. That is a lot of consumption! Much of their daily intake is dependent on their weight and also on the moisture content in the forage (food) they are eating.
Not only do cows eat a lot but they spend a lot of time eating, averaging six and a half hours a day. And they take huge bites of food chewing very little before swallowing. In other words they just get it in! They aren’t worried about proper etiquette or anything. They just want the food!

The amount of food intake is largely dependent on the size of the cow (pun intended) and on the moisture in the food. These are two important key points when it comes to Christians eating like cows. The larger we get in our faith walk in Jesus the more we need to eat from Him to maintain and grow larger. This is NOT about works, righteousness, or about being better than anyone else. This is about seeking God and His truths, His will, His presence, HIM!!!! The more we get of Him the more we want of Him and the more we want of Him the more we get of Him!

Our daily consumption increases the heavier we get in His Word and in His presence. If five minutes of bible reading fills us up today, keep doing it because pretty soon our bodies, minds, souls, and spirits are not satisfied with five minutes a day. We will need and want more! As we increase our time in Him, He increases in us and as He increases in us, we decrease in ourselves. It is a beautiful thing that happens! God gets bigger and we get smaller, yet our appetite increases and we need more!
We must open and read the Scriptures ourselves and then chew on them. Chewing includes pondering and meditating on God’s Word day and night!

Psalm 119:148 “My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.”

We need to develop the art of grazing were it creates more of a desire to bask in His presence, bask in His Word, bask in Him! We have the privilege of knowing God – our Savior, Redeemer, Healer, King! He is everything! It is always a sacred and holy time when we meet with the Lord of our lives whether in public assemblies or in our prayer closets! We ought to discover the art of “grazing” in the Church! Sure, we can use the excuse we are not cows and we have work to do. But we best get serious about our faith and eat the Word now before we can’t. Yes, that time may come in the world where it is not as readily available. Will we know how to graze in Him when the world has nothing left to offer us?
Our “big” bites of food consist of sermons, bible studies, books, conferences, worship and praying the Word, and the like. We need to “get these in” our spirits, like cows get food into their first stomachs and then comes the next amazing act of eating – re- chewing it!

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
Joshua 1:8 NIV

Biblical meditation is kind of like that; it’s thought digestion. God wants us to get every ounce of spiritual nutrition out of his Word. He wants us to chew on it, digest it, and then chew on it some more.

Action steps:
1. Do you have a place, time, or process for how you spend time with God? How can meditation enhance your quiet time with God?

2. Are you taking 15mintues a day to chew on His Word?

Don’t Wait to Start
So kick up your feet. Crack open a Bible. Put your hands behind your head. And make like, well, a contented cow. Ruminate a while.