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“Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat” (Luke 8:55).

In the Scripture, when God restored the life of Jairus’ daughter, He did not counsel them but commanded them to give her food. Since Jesus commanded them to give food, lack of food might have been the reason for her death.

Food is not only required to the body, but the soul is also in need of it. Many people become weary and stagger for want of Scripture which is the food for the soul. When the sins and lusts attack the soul, the soul gets infected after being unable to oppose.

David pleaded to God, “Lord, be merciful to me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against you” (Psalm 41:4). As he sinned with his body, his soul became weak. That is why he pleads to heal his infected soul. Though the body is with life, the sin committed by it causes the soul to suffer greatly. The soul also must be revived.

The Word of God alone could resurrect the body and the soul.  “Little girl, arise” was the Word of God, and it restored the life of Jairus’ daughter. The girl who was brought back to life needed food to stay alive. The Scripture, which is the food is needed. The Word of God is compared to food. The Scripture says, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mathew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3).

Paul, the apostle, writes, “…as new born babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow” (I Peter 2:2). The small children seek food with a cry when they feel hungry. Their cry comes to an end once the food is given. The children grow and begin to seek food with clear words. After eating, they become energetic. The soul also needs food at all stages of life. Food which is the Scripture is required for the soul to stay energetic.

Jeremiah writes, “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” (Jeremiah 15:16). Dear children of God, may you eat the Scripture eagerly.

To meditate: “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).

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