Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:2-3
Our family just got a puppy and he’s eating us out of house and home! We feed him the proper amount of food twice a day but by the way he gobbles his kibble, you’d think we only feed him once a week! Our vet assures us this is all perfectly normal since puppies are naturally hungry.
Naturally hungry. I wish that were true of me. Not that I don’t get enough to eat–physically (I often get way too much!). I only wish I had the spiritual appetite Peter refers to in the text for today. “Crave pure spiritual milk,” he says. Crave it… like you just can’t get enough… like you’re never full.
Peter explains the rationale behind his encouragement: “You have tasted that the Lord is good.” What an understatement! The Lord who should’ve sent us to hell for our rebellion against him comes to our world to suffer God’s wrath in our place. He cleanses us of all our sin with his precious blood, credits his own righteousness to our account and opens heaven to all who look to him in faith. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
We’ve surely tasted that the Lord is good! And where do we find these delectable promises? In God’s holy Word. That’s why Peter urges us to crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word more and more. Through that Word, the Lord continually nourishes our faith in him.
Considering what Jesus has done for us, you’d think that we’d never need such encouragement. But we do. Our sinful nature tells us there are better ways to spend our time than reading the Bible or going to worship. We find it’s easier to watch TV, spend time online, or goof off than to carefully study Scripture. Make no mistake, the devil loves it when worldly priorities lead to spiritual malnourishment; that only makes it easier for him to lead us away from our Savior.
So take Peter’s words to heart. Let the Lord soothe your soul with the constant reminder that heaven is your home because, in Christ, he’s done everything necessary to make that true. Let him fill your heart with his Holy Spirit so you’ll have plenty of strength to serve him every day. And let him encourage you with the promise that he’s always by your side. That’s pure spiritual milk!
Oh Lord, help me to crave your Word every day. Amen!
The devotions on Thursdays and Fridays in March reflect on Truths for Today.
Source: WELS Devotions