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Our Daily Bread April 16
Hungry for God / By: Poh Fang Chia
When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.
Jeremiah 15:16


Today's Scripture & Insight:

Jeremiah 15:15–21 (NIV):

15 LORD, you understand; remember me and care for me.  Avenge me on my persecutors.  You are long-suffering—do not take me away;  think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.
16 When your words came, I ate them;  they were my joy and my heart’s delight,  for I bear your name,  LORD God Almighty.
17 I never sat in the company of revelers,  never made merry with them;  I sat alone because your hand was on me  and you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unending  and my wound grievous and incurable?  You are to me like a deceptive brook,  like a spring that fails.
19 Therefore this is what the LORD says:  “If you repent, I will restore you  that you may serve me;  if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,  you will be my spokesman.  Let this people turn to you,  but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall to this people,  a fortified wall of bronze;  they will fight against you  but will not overcome you,  for I am with you  to rescue and save you,”  declares the LORD.
21 “I will save you from the hands of the wicked  and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”

A new believer in Jesus was desperate to read the Bible. However, he’d lost his eyesight and both hands in an explosion. When he heard about a woman who read Braille with her lips, he tried to do the same—only to discover that the nerve endings of his lips had also been destroyed. Later, he was filled with joy when he discovered that he could feel the Braille characters with his tongue! He had found a way to read and enjoy the Scriptures.

Joy and delight were the emotions the prophet Jeremiah experienced when he received God’s words. “When your words came, I ate them,” he said, “they were my joy and my heart’s delight” (Jeremiah 15:16). Unlike the people of Judah who despised His words (8:9), Jeremiah had been obedient and rejoiced in them. His obedience, however, also led to the prophet being rejected by his own people and persecuted unfairly (15:17).

Some of us may have experienced something similar. We once read the Bible with joy, but obedience to God led to suffering and rejection from others. Like Jeremiah, we can bring our confusion to God. He answered Jeremiah by repeating the promise He gave him when He first called him to be a prophet (vv. 19-21; see 1:18–19). God reminded him that He never lets His people down. We can have this same confidence too. He’s faithful and will never abandon us.


Today’s Hynms:
Psalm 63

Longing for Jesus


Scripture to Respond:
Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
 You, God, are my God,  earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,  my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
Psalm 119:20  (NIV)
My soul is consumed with longing  for your laws at all times.


Reflection :
In hard circumstances, are you still longing for God’s Word? Do you get comfort, hope and joy from the Bible?
What can help you to desire and know God more?


Faithful God, thank you for speaking to me through the Bible.
Please help me seek you earnestly and obey you faithfully.


Wong Wai Tung
(Chief executive officer of The Great Wall Education Foundation) &
Sam Chow
(Administrative officer of The Great Wall Education Foundation)
Translated by Esther Leung




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