I’m not sure if you’ve ever been around a nursing baby, but I can tell you they are hardwired to pursue one thing: their mama’s milk.
It’s the reason why babies meltdown when their mommies leave the room. (And, to be fair, how would you feel if your refrigerator sprouted legs and walked off?) They long for the comfort of being snuggled up in mom’s arms, and crave the nourishment that comes from her milk. Baby knows that if mom is near, they will want for nothing.
And the Apostle Peter says we should follow their example.
“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
When I came across this verse in studying 1 Peter, I immediately pictured my little Carson. We never have to question if Carson is hungry. She tells us in the most enthusiastic ways! Nothing short of literally climbing onto me and ramming her head into my chest, as if to say, “Hey, lady! I’m here and I’m hungry! Feed me!”
Peter says we should be just as determined when it comes to the pursuit of spiritual milk.
Because “that by it you may grow up into salvation.”
Just as Carson is dependent on mama’s milk for her physical development, we are dependent on spiritual milk for our spiritual development.
What is our spiritual milk?
The Word of God.
I’m afraid that many today have a stilted view of Scripture. Many picture the Word of God to be an outdated document. A big, fat family Bible good for nothing else than storing records and sentiment. But Scripture is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4:12-13) It gives life. By it, we see the big picture of God’s plan working throughout time.
We are to, as the Psalmist writes, taste that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8).
Here’s the thing, we cannot taste what we do not consume.
Consume the Word of God. Long for it. Study it. Stop reading this post and pick up your Bible. Then, taste. Savor. See that the Lord is abundantly good.