“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk, so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.” (1 Peter 2:2, NLT)
I have read the Bible from cover to cover. I’ve read this passages dozens, if not hundreds, of times. But God is so amazing. It’s so cool how you can read a verse or passage and then go back and read it again at another time and the Holy Spirit just deposits an insight into your heart! I love those times. I love the Word.
When I read this verse not long ago, it just hit me all of a sudden how we should hunger for the Word of God. I’m a mother and I know how a newborn acts. They eat, sleep and dirty their diapers two ways. That’s basically all they know. Well, except for wanting to be held. (smile) All they want when they are hungry is milk. It’s what satisfied and allows them to grow. And when they are hungry, they will not be satisfied until that hunger is satiated. You can stick a pacifier into their mouth and it won’t be but a few seconds till out it pops because they know nothing is coming out of that thing. They want milk and they want it now! They crave it with their entire being. It’s what causes them to thrive. If a baby doesn’t do well at birth and grow, the medical diagnosis is ‘failure to thrive’.
I do not want to be a Christian with a label pasted on me that says ‘failure to thrive’. But that’s exactly what will happen if I don’t stay in God’s Word. It’s our pure spiritual milk. It is what makes us grow, the very thing that matures us as believers. And the thing that hit me when I read this passage the last time was that it says ‘cry out’. When a baby gets hungry, it cries. It can’t communicate any other way. And it will continue to cry until a bottle or breast is put to its mouth. One thing I have noticed with babies is that if their hunger is not met practically immediately, they will begin to cry harder. And harder. Sometimes they will cry so hard, their faces turn red, they begin to shake and quiver all over. They not only WANT that milk, but they NEED it. And folks, that’s the way we should be with God’s Word. It’s one of the ways He speaks to us. It feeds us, spiritually. It touches us in ways no other book can. I read lots of books and none of will ever touch me and grow me as a believer the way God’s Word will.
I have many times read His precious Word with tears streaming down my face because it is so dear to me. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been going through a trial and opened my Bible and right there was the very verse I needed to sustain me. There are so many notes and highlights in my bible, along with dates and how they touched me. I don’t ever want to forget that. When you get in a jam, the Holy Spirit will bring that verse or passage to your remembrance. When you need to know it, He will bring it to you. I know. It’s happened to me numerous times.
I don’t want to be an immature believer, failing to thrive. I cherish God’s Word and I want to grow from it and yes, be chastened from it. Maybe you’ll just hear me crying out for it some day.