Week Three: Consume or Consumed?

I was reading Isaiah 28:7-8 the other day; in these verses, Isaiah describes the corruption of the priests and prophets of Judah as they have been consumed by what they consume—they reel with wine and stagger with strong drink. They are swallowed by vice. “They stumble in giving judgment. For all tables are full of filthy vomit, with no space left.”

These also reel with wine
and stagger with strong drink;
the priest and the prophet reel with strong drink,
they are swallowed by wine,
they stagger with strong drink,
they reel in vision,
they stumble in giving judgment.
For all tables are full of filthy vomit,
with no space left (Isaiah 28:7-8).

I sat wondering about what I can learn from this passage, and I was reminded (again) about the necessity of careful consumption, not just physically, but intellectually & spiritually.

Paul warns us that we are not to be “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph. 4:14), but to continually pursue unity in the faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ—to hold fast to sound doctrine (cf. 1 Tim 1:10, 6:3; Titus 1:9, 2:1). Today, we see a plethora of pastors, authors and lay persons alike who undiscerningly spout off nonsense they read in terrible books (and in some cases write terrible books). Many consume anything that’s popular and trust it to guide them in their spiritual life, rather than trusting in the sufficiency of God’s word.

Some of us are consumed by cute ideas, and foolish doctrine that left unchecked will shipwreck our faith (on the flip side, some of us are consumed by pride in our intellectual stamina, which will do likewise).

If “all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Tim. 3:16), we do not need to hesitate to turn to the Bible. We need not hesitate in teaching it with boldness, nor from trusting the Spirit to guide us in our study. We should anticipate being transformed by the living & active Word of God.

We should desire to be consumed by God, not simply consume His word.

We become what we consume—what will you be today?

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