BY Diana Stone
Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3, Psalm 42:1-2, 1 Corinthians 3:1-2
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation
– 1 Peter 2:2
We must have been terrified as newborns. Thank goodness none of us remember that stage in our own journey, crying and frightened and wondering why on earth everyone keeps making noises at us. In the midst of these first months, the only thing we know is to cry out. Our needs are basic: comfort, food, sleep. Most of the time those are on repeat, over and over until we are ready to take on something new and challenging.
Would you believe that God wants us to be that baby? He wants the wailing, the screams, the incessant longing to be held and rocked and fed. He wants us to rely as desperately on Him as an infant for its mother.
When we read today’s scripture, we see Peter encouraging believers to “crave spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.” He relates us to a baby, knowing that newborns are completely dependent on their parents for nourishment.
In our lives, we need to arrive at a point where we cry out for our God and His Word, where we feel empty and alone if we stray from Him. As we study the Bible and commune with each other, there should be a greater need for that in our souls. If we allow our spiritual nourishment to cease or lack, the other things Peter mentions begin to creep in.
These become easier to fall into when we are separated from our Father and the nourishing truth of His Word. Sin feeds on what we think we need instead of what we actually need: God. Sin makes us sick, but God knows exactly what we need, down to the depths of our souls.
The Word of our Lord gives life. Do you crave it, long for it? As you taste and find “the Lord to be good” (1 Peter 2:3), does your soul ache for more than just milk? Are you willing to move from the fumbling, crying stages into maturity? Whatever our spiritual age, we can turn to Scripture for life-giving sustenance and find it, again and again. Praise God that He is always there waiting for us, no matter what stage we are in.