This morning as I sat with God and His Word, I talked to Him about how I haven’t been spending the kind of quality time with Him that I needed/wanted to. As He has the most amazing way of doing, He directed me to the scriptures that I need right now. I thanked Him for that and asked him to keep them marinating in my mind today. That got me to thinking about marinating.
“How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103
Why do we marinate something when we’re cooking? One reason is to add a deeper layer of flavor. God’s Word certainly does that in our lives. Mark 9:50 says, “Salt is good and useful; but if salt has lost its saltiness (purpose), how will you make it salty? Have salt within yourselves continually, and be at peace with one another.” (AMP). Jesus told us we are the salt of the earth and if we lose our saltiness, we’re not good for much. (Matthew 5:13, Karen paraphrase). The way we keep from losing that saltiness is to let our minds marinate in His word and soak up all that salty flavor on a regular basis.
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 ESV
Another reason for marinating food is to make it tender. We so need tender hearts in the world we live in today. It is way too easy to be hardened by everything that surrounds us. “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8 ESV If we are to have the compassion of Christ, our hearts and minds must be tender. If we are becoming hardened, His word won’t soak in like it should and we won’t look at the needs of others the way He does.
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Finally, food is sometimes marinated to preserve it. When we soak in God’s word regularly, we help preserve holiness and righteousness in a world that so desperately needs it. If others are to see our good works and therefore glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16), we need to be so saturated in His word that it is leaking out of us at every opportunity. This saturation will not only preserve righteousness in the world, but it will also preserve the peace and joy within us that comes from His Spirit. When our minds are so marinated in His word, it makes it easier to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9 ESV
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Mathew 5:16 ESV
I have a couple of verses that I will be marinating in today. Ask God to show you what he wants you to marinate in.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16