Caffeine for the Soul provides a two minute devotional to encourage faith in our hectic world. Grab a coffee and consume some Caffeine for your Soul.

‘Open your mouth, and eat what I give you.” Then I looked and saw a hand reaching out to me. It held a scroll, which he unrolled. And I saw that both sides were covered with funeral songs, words of sorrow, and pronouncements of doom.’ Ezekiel 2:8-10

The Old Testament reveals the Truth we now have as the New Testament. God is forever consistent. The first Christians had only the OT within which to discover the basis for the revelation they had witnessed in Jesus.

The Bible is a total entity whose source is God and whose revelation is Jesus. Every time we engage with scripture we are invited to encounter the Living Word. It witnesses to truth that can be difficult to embrace.

Here Ezekiel consumes a scroll of sorrows and it tastes, ‘…as sweet as honey’. Can the hardships we observe and experience have a sweetness? From observation this doesn’t appear to be the case. Yet, somehow within God’s economy appearances can prove deceptive. 

Much as the Messiah was hidden within the Law and Prophets, so we are invited to prospect for God’s grace in every aspect of our lives; all we experience and observe. Such prospecting requires prayer, our heart’s appeal to God for sustenance.

As God’s messenger boldly announced to Mary that with God nothing is impossible, so we are invited to live upon the threshold that hovers between the possible and the impossible.

This the sole source for hope and confidence, even as the bitterness of life experience touches our lips. To find honey is to enter the promised land. My struggle is always the wilderness that precedes it.

PRAYER: O, my God, your promise is sweet to my taste. I open my mouth, sigh and yearn for your commands, Amen.

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