Reading: 1 Peter 2: 2-3
Verse Two: Like newborn babies, seek pure spiritual milk.
In this short passage, we find an essential of our faith. At times it often seems newborn babies always want to eat. Yes, they do sleep for short periods of time and do require moments to get clean diapers, but when awake and clean again they want to eat. The milk is good and warm and sweet and is pleasing. Their little growing bodies need the sustenance. In our faith journey, we should be like the newborn babe. We should wake up each day craving and hungry for the Word of God. It should be something we continually pursue so that our little growing faith can continue to develop.
A mother’s milk is good and warm and sweet and pleasing. It is also just what the baby needs to grow well. It is pure and contains the nutrients as well as other things that help spur their growth and improve their health. After day two of life the baby does not begin to look for something else to sustain and nourish it. The baby instinctively returns to its loving mother. The Bible and the words contained therein are our pure milk. We are to come to it day after day to grow in our knowledge of God. Like a mother’s milk, the Word tastes good and warm and sweet and is pleasing. It provides what we need to nourish our faith. In this sense, it helps us to grow as believers. The Word also strengthens us and encourages us in times of trial and distress. The Word is our “pure spiritual milk”.
A good mother knows the baby must continue to drink pure milk to grow and mature. Our Father knows the same is true for us concerning our time with the Word. Both our earthly mothers and our heavenly Father give to us out of love. Both nurture us along so that we can grow and develop and come to be all we were created to be. For both our earthly mothers and our heavenly Father, we are grateful.