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Could I Get a Glass of Milk, Please?

Daily Reading:  1 Peter 2

 

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation - if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2.2-3)

 

Devotional Thought: At times the Bible uses the analogy of a baby to reprimand Christians who have refused to grow. Peter uses the imager differently here.  There is nothing more pure and natural than a baby craving its milk.  I remember when my daughters were born and the simple joy that came to Lana and me when they wanted to eat!  At times they seemed so desperate that you would have thought it had been weeks since they had eaten!

 

That kind of desperation for God and his word brings joy to the heart of our Father as well.  Even as we grow up in our salvation, we can continue to have that same appetite for God!  Only as we have that same appetite for God will we grow up in our salvation!

 

Any baby that does not have an appetite is a very sick baby.  We worry about babies such as that.  At the other end of the spectrum.  When life nears its end, the appetite seems to disappear.  It is a sign of encroaching death when there is no longer a desire to eat!  The same is true in our spirits as well.  When we have no desire for the Word of God and prayer, when we no longer rejoice to go to the house of the Lord, when we have a casual, take-it-or-leave-it attitude about the community of God’s people, then that is a certain indication that our spirits within us are dying and not growing.

 

That’s why Peter urged early Christians – and why the Spirit is today urging us – to crave pure spiritual milk.  So that we remain alive and vital, growing in our salvation!

 

Prayer: Lord, you are good!  Thank you for saving me!  Help me to grow up in my salvation as I drink in the pure spiritual milk of your word.  Amen.

 

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 56:7-13

7 For their crime will they escape? In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

8 You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?

9 Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, thatGod is for me.

10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise,

11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me?

12 I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you.

13 For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.

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