- New converts cannot digest meat.
- Christians must mature and grow from milk to meat.
- There is spiritually a time and place for both.
On a slightly different life’s path, Kathy could easily be a world-famous, wealthy celebrity on Food Network. Her culinary skills and creativity in the kitchen has yielded some incredible dishes that would cave the iron-willed. Incredibly, she has learned through the years to make things that are good for you not simply palatable but tasty!
In 1 Peter 2, Peter urges Christians, facing an ultimate inheritance from a God who wanted them though impeded by persecution by a world who did not want them, “Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1-3).
Peter urges them to purge from their spiritual diet those dangerous additives of attitudes in verse one. They are more than malnourishing; they are poisonous! Instead, he calls for them to hanker for the pure milk of God’s Word. What would heighten their craving was having tasted the Lord’s graciousness.
May I suggest that this is a cyclical process. In other words, we must be willing to begin feeding on the word. For most, this is an acquired taste. But from the first serving, the reader gets a taste of God’s good food. It nourishes and satisfies. It illuminates the soul. It is practical in daily application. It helps forge a closeness with God. It gives strength in a difficult world. The blessings of Scripture are multifarious, endless, and inexhaustible. The very experience of all of this by the consumer drives him or her right back into the Word for more!
Are you addicted to the sweet savor of Scripture? If you are not partaking, you are starving your soul! Those hunger pangs you feel cannot be satisfied by adulterated alternatives. Let us say with the ancient patriarch Job, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (23:12).