Binging (Matthew 24:35)

Binging.

 

Everyone is familiar with this activity. Defined as excessive indulgence in an activity, there are binges for nearly everything we do. Look no further than social media to romp through accounts of shopping binges, eating binges, and exercise binges. There is even binge-watching, defined as watching multiple episodes of a television series through a variety of digital media (internet, DVDs, and/or DVRs). I do this everyday as I work out on my elliptical, and I love it! Although binging may sometimes be viewed as a negative behavior, there are positive benefits depending upon the activity. For example, binge-watching allows for a complete immersion in a television or movie series, potentially yielding new insight into the story. Subtle themes, minor characters, disparate plot lines-all of these may be refreshed by a broad and intensive review of the entire story.

 

A few years ago, I was confronted with a serious interpersonal conflict. Pushing through the swirling emotions of frustration, despair, and hurt, I was uncertain how to proceed. Prayer? Seeking wise counsel from Christian brothers? All of these were done and were important steps in my healing, but the real breakthrough came during one three hour session. I binged on reading the Bible. I read the Book of Psalms in its entirety, uninterrupted. What emerged was a sweeping perspective of God’s redemptive plan for my life. I began my sojourn through Psalms, on my knees, broken by my sins and crying out my need for a Savior. I sought the Lord and He heard me and raised me up, delivering my from all my fears. Finally, I stood on level ground, brought upright by my Heavenly Father’s promises that He is faithful to those who place their trust in Him. My healing came through a binge reading of God’s Word!

 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Matthew 24:35 (ESV)

 

Long after this present earth and Heaven are gone, God’s Word will remain. Binging can be beneficial but when the activity is targeted upon God, it can be life transforming. If I am to place my faith in the Truth, something eternal and unchanging, it can only be God’s Word.

 

Binging on God’s Word!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

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