Just as our physical bodies need its necessary food to operate at optimum levels and in best health, so our souls need its necessary food to operate at optimum levels and in best health.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Mat 4:4
If we do not have our necessary food, for the body or for the soul, we cannot grow into maturity.
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby … 1 Pet 2:1-2
And just as our bodies need their necessary food daily – one meal a week will not keep it in optimal health – so do our souls need their necessary food daily, for one meal a week in the Word of God will not keep it in optimal health.
And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. Deu 6:6-7
The Word of God is as sweet to our souls as honey is to our bodies!
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Psa 19:10
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psa 119:103
Your words were found, and I ate them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jer 15:16
And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.” So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. Eze 3:3
The Word of God is a living word, freshly speaking to us daily.
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” Joh 6:63
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:12
The Word of God creates and strengthens our faith.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom 10:17
Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. 1 Pet 1:23
The Word of God contains truth to free us from slavery to sin and lies.
And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. Psa 119:45
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Joh 8:32
The Word of God gives us necessary wisdom to teach and direct our ways:
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Psa 19:7-9, 11
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psa 119:105
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Pro 9:10
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Rom 15:4
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim 3:16-17