“I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter” (Revelation 10:11).
The word of God is sweet initially. I am saved by grace apart from works and receive this through faith. Then comes what the sinner considers bitter, and that is the actual fulfilling of the law. I am not free to do as I please, but I am now empowered by the Holy Spirit to actually learn how to live as the Lord intends me to live. Sweet in taste, bitter in action. But that problem is all mine!
Lord, I like the idea of being saved. I like the idea of everything being well with my soul. I do not like the idea of having to practice these things. I do not want to carry my cross. How much of my religious life is spent distracting myself from the task at hand? You know. Guide me out of the wicked insanity of this age to simply live according to Your unchanging word of truth. You have come to free me from bondage to sin and death.
Savior of my soul, Jesus, You have come that I may have life and have it abundantly. Guide me, dear Lord, in learning how to live truthfully with You. Guide me to put into action these things I claim, but thus far have not done. Lead me in Your goodness so that I may now and always live according to the word of truth that You have spoken. Show me, Lord, how to follow You now and always. Amen.