Man must approach God only in the way appointed: Gen 4 (Cain),
1Ki 5 (Naaman).
It is to be doubted that any man has ever been, truly, this
lazy. But the Scripture uses hyperbole, or exaggeration, to make the point: IF a
man could be so lazy as not to bother eating, when the food is prepared and
placed right before him... then a man might be so lazy -- and foolish! -- as to
refuse the nourishment of the Word of God, even when the Bible is at hand, or on
his bookshelf, and in his lap. The sad fact is that the second of these pictures
is very often true.
It reminds us of the story of the shipwrecked men, adrift in
the open sea, who were dying of thirst. When they finally sighted and got the
attention of an ocean liner, they called out, desperately, "Please give us
water!" And they were told, "Reach into the water beside you, and drink it!" It
was only then that they discovered that their little raft had drifted into the
great outflow area of the Amazon River, and that for miles around, the waters of
the river had overwhelmed the salt waters, and they had been floating upon
waters that were pure and fresh and perfectly safe to drink!
Food and drink, nourishment beyond imagining, is at our
fingertips. Open your Bibles. "Eat!" "Drink!"