Appetite for Growth!
“As newborn babies, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” 1 Peter 2:2
A hungry infant cannot contain their excitement when they know that food is on the way. The sight of a bottle causes their eyes to get as big as doorknobs and their legs to kick like little pistons. As the nourishment of the bottle settles in, they coo, and their eyelids grow heavy, satisfied by the good nourishment that fills their little tummy.
In these verses, the Christian’s eagerness for nourishing in God’s Word is comparable to that of an infant longing for his or her bottle. We are to crave for life in the word of God. Knowing that our Scripture mealtime is on the way, our excitement should build because we know that the nourishment of the Word will grow us into mature, healthy children of God.
Jeremiah 15:16 says, “Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became my joy and my heart’s delight. For I bear Your name, O LORD God of Hosts.”
Like a newborn baby, satisfied with the nourishment of a good bottle, those who feast on the words of Scripture find themselves spiritually satisfied, having tasted that God is good. The word of God is what gives life to the spirit. Imagine yourself if you don’t eat for days, weeks, or months. How will you look like? Definitely unnourished! How someone looks physically unnourished is how our spirit looks when it is not fed.
Therefore, everyone should desire to have their spiritual tummies fed, thereby growing healthy and strong in Christ. Your challenge today, and every day, is to come to God’s table expecting your spiritual hunger to be filled. Psalm 119:103 says, “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
1. Father, thank You for the sweet nourishment of Your Word that keeps me healthy and growing.
2. Psalm 34:8: Oh Lord, I am blessed and satisfied through your word in Jesus’ name. Amen.