Read: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Consider: The Apostle Peter encourages his readers to be like newborn babies, not in the sense of helplessness, but rather as an indicator of dependence on God. Newborn babies are not able to feed themselves, instead they are dependent on their mothers to provide the right nourishment. So with us as Christians. We need to go to the source of ‘pure spiritual milk’ that will enable us to ‘grow up’ in our faith. Just as a newborn baby depends on the nourishment provided by milk to grow, so as spiritual newborns we are dependent up the nourishment provided by God’s Word. There is a clear lesson here that just as a baby cannot survive and mature with an occasional feed, so as Christians we cannot survive and mature (grow in our faith) if we rely on reading God’s Word only occasionally. Notice that Peter uses the word ‘crave’ in relation to a newborn’s desire for milk. The Greek word ἐπιποθέω translated as ‘crave’ in the NIV, carries with it the meaning of ‘longing for’, ‘earnestly desiring’ or to ‘strain after’. This leads us to ask the question of ourselves: Do I crave the spiritual milk that can only be found in spending time alone with God, reading and studying his Word and in prayer?
I like Peter’s use of the phrase ‘now that you have tasted that the Lord is good’ (1 Peter 2:3). This reminds me of what is said in Psalm 34:8 – ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good’. It also reminds me of something said in Isaiah: Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what dos not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (Isaiah 55:1-2). Once we have tasted what God can provide, we should not be content with anything less. Can you identify with the psalmist who can say: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119:103)? I can speak from personal experience that the more time I spend in God’s Word, the more time I wish to spend reading and studying it. If for some reason circumstances prevent me from getting time alone with God, it leaves me feeling empty and ‘craving’ for more of the spiritual nourishment his Word can provide.
This matter requires complete honesty in each of us. Does spending time in God’s Word excite you? If not, what is preventing you from spending time in this way? Are there so many pressures for your time, that reading and studying God’s Word is squeezed out? When you do have time, is your energy level at a low and you find your mind wandering? Are you thirsty for more of God, craving what only he can provide?
Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost (Isaiah 55:1).
Pray: Father, may we crave the spiritual nourishment that only you can provide. Give us an earnest desire for the spiritual milk that your Word gives us, enabling us to grow and mature in our faith. Amen
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