Yesterday morning’s message dealt with the idea of savoring the Word of God. Rolling it over the taste buds of your soul the way coffee lovers savor a mocha latte, or the way I savor a warm cinnamon crunch bagel at Panera. That involves moving beyond merely knowing the Bible intellectually to developing a genuine, soul-stirring affection for it.
One of the flavors we savored was that God’s Word shapes His people. Tonight, I read an interview with novelist Brett Lott. Lott is a deeply committed Christian who has also had broad popular success as a writer. In 1999, his novel Jewel was chosen as a selection for Oprah’s Book Club and sold millions of copies.
In his author biography on Oprah’s web site, Lott is asked to name his favorite books and includes the Bible. Listen:
“My most cherished book, the one that has transformed me and from which I read every day, is the Bible. Though I know this sounds like a Sunday sermon, the Bible has been—and is—the single most influential book in my life, the book that inspires me, challenges me, changes me, confirms me. Like the character Jewel, the people found throughout it are at once strong and weak, well-meaning and flawed, stubborn and loving, all of them wrestling with the will of God; and there at the center of it all is Christ, God on earth, to show us what genuine love really is: the surrendering of self for others.”
That is the sound of a man who savors the Word of God. Who grasps its power, enjoys its sweetness and understands the gospel tucked behind every word on every page.
I pray more of us develop such a daily taste for—and delight in–God’s Word.