1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord's kindness.
Nourishment. We all need it in order to live. Babies, fresh from the womb, need nourishment once the umbilical cord is cut. In most cases, that baby is offered mother's milk, the best form of nourishment for a baby.
"Breast milk is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other food, including infant formula. Although pollutants can accumulate in breast milk, it remains superior to infant formula from the perspective of the overall health of both mother and child.
Infants are fragile and susceptible to disease, partly because their bodies are not fully developed. They must be treated with special care and given adequate nourishment. Infant formulas are able to mimic a few of the nutritional components of breast milk, but formula cannot hope to duplicate the vast and constantly changing array of essential nutrients in human milk. Nevertheless, breastfeeding is often devalued, both in the United States and abroad, and in many parts of the world it must compete with relentless advertising by
infant-formula companies." (Natural Resources Defense Council)
We are all still "babies." We need NOURISHMENT; the spiritual kind. I have been craving to be fed, more so than ever. The lyrics from Neon Trees, Everybody Talks, "It started with a whisper..." comes to mind because that is exactly what it was to me. He provided a gentle whisper...and wait for it...I opened my ears and heart and LISTENED. He said two simple words, "Trust me." In all actuality it probably wasn't a whisper, but more of a slap upside the head. He has been trying to tell me this for so long and as thick-headed and stubborn I am, he'll have to keep telling me. But ever since I started to put INTENTIONAL effort into trusting him, I have been craving more and more.
Take the paragraph above and with a few changes you will see just how important God's nourishment is for us.
God's word is a unique nutritional source that cannot adequately be replaced by any other source. Although worldy pollutants can accumulate in our daily living, God's word remains superior to any other outside source from the perspective of the overall health of our hearts and salvation.
We are fragile and susceptible to sin because we are sinners and miss the mark everyday. We must treat ourselves with special care and give ourselves daily and adequate nourishment. The world is able to mimic a few of the nutritional components of God's word, but the world cannot hope to duplicate the vast and constantly stable array of essential nutrients from God's word. Nevertheless, God's word is often devalued, both in the church and out of the church, and in many parts of the world it must compete with the world of today.
Once we see our need for his word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase, and we will start to mature.
How strong is your desire for his nourishment?