Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 41:1-42:20 / 1 Peter 1:1-2:3 / Psalm 131:1-3
Someone sent me some insights from a class of 8 year olds about, “What is a grandparent?” One said, “They know we should have a snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.” Another wrote, “Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them… They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.”
Sometimes kids have a better insight than we give them credit for! On October 26, 2013, I became a brand new grandpa! I think I am going to enjoy this “grandparent” job and have heard it is the greatest. I held Avery tonight and thought I had her asleep but she began to stir…she was hungry. Newborn babies are always hungry.
Peter relates a newborn’s hunger to the spiritual hunger that is to drive us. Babies do not need to be told when to eat; they long for and eagerly expect to be fed. “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)
A healthy newborn has an instinctive yearning to be fed. They don’t rationalize or chemically analyze the milk but instantly feed upon it. The milk is so desired and it also satisfies them the very moment they drink it. They quiet down, become calm and feed like there is no tomorrow. They are often impatient.
Followers of Jesus Christ are to respond to the milk of God’s Word in the same way. There should be a yearning for God’s Word and an eagerness to read, study and meditate upon it. The Holy Spirit overshadows us with His presence, as we look deep into The Word. Our spirits are calmed, minds are renewed and souls are satisfied. The Word of God is capable of supporting and strengthening us.
The only way to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ is by the purity of The Bible. The supernatural power of The Word transforms our lives and causes us to grow. It is the foundation of our faith and gives direction to our every decision and pathway.
We are alarmed when a newborn refuses or does not desire to eat. It isn’t natural and a sign that something is wrong with the baby. The same with us…it is alarming when there is not a craving for The Word and presence of God. Something is internally wrong and if not corrected, we will die of spiritual malnutrition.
What is the answer? We must eat (seek Him) even when we are distracted. We cannot look to the things of this world to satisfy the longing of our soul. We must cultivate a hunger for the things of God. We must taste of The Lord and we will discover He is good…all the time!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!