Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34: 8 (NIV)
Life is full of uncomfortable facts. The world produces enough food for everyone to have a reasonable diet, but we have a very uneven distribution of food, leaving millions going to bed hungry each night. We live in a context where food is plentiful, where variety and choice are high and where food does not have to be viewed simply as fuel for our bodies. The colour, texture, smell and taste of food make eating a pleasure, not simply a necessity.
Something similar could be said about the Bible. There is a very uneven distribution of translations of the Bible. There are thousands of languages that still do not have a full Bible translation. In many countries where there is a relevant Bible translation it comes in one size and one colour – there are no children’s Bibles and no ‘modern’ or revised translations. Think of the range of Bible versions we have in English and the variety of covers they come in, not to mention the colours!
With food we can have a feast or a famine. With the Bible we can have a feast or a famine. On both fronts most of us live in a context where we can feast. However, my experience in travelling to countries where the Bible is not so readily available is that Christians there have a deep hunger to be nourished by the Word of God. For some of us, our appetite has worn thin and we are no longer desperate for the nourishment we need to keep our relationship with God growing.
As we pray for more Bible translations to feed the spiritually hungry around the world let us also pray that our own appetites will be stimulated to feed on God’s Word – because he really does change our lives.