TODAY’S BIBLE READING:
1 Peter 1:13–2:10
TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
1 Peter 2:2-3 (ESV) “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.”
REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):
Recently, I have been preaching through Philippians 3 where Paul’s love for the Lord is obvious. His ultimate passion is to know Jesus more on an experiential level and to become more like Him.
As I reflected on today’s reading in 1 Peter, I came across 1 Peter 2:2-3 and saw it in a new light. Previously, I had always thought that when Peter was referring to “the pure spiritual milk,” he was focused solely upon the Word of God. I thought that the message he was conveying was limited to the following: “Crave time in the Word just like a newborn baby craves milk.”
But, then I read the next verse…
“if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:3)
Clearly, the analogy of craving milk in verse 2 is related to the notion in verse 3 that the readers had “tasted that the Lord is good.”
So, what is the “milk” in verse 2 referring to? What (or who) are believers to crave?
Clearly, from verse 3, we realize that it is Jesus that we are to crave. While we certainly are to crave time in God’s Word, our Bible time is not an end in itself. It is a means to an end. The ultimate purpose of our Bible time is to know Jesus more and to become more like Him.
So, once again, we find that Scripture calls us to enjoy our God. To love Him. To crave Him like a baby craves milk. And, as a result of spending time with Him and knowing Him more, to become more like Him.
Friend, are you simply going through the motions of religious activity? If so, it will be dull, and lifeless, and uninspiring. But, if you grab hold of the concept in 1 Peter 2:2-3 and see that you have been invited into a relationship with the God of all Creation who manifested Himself in the person of Jesus, then the remainder of your life becomes an adventure.
“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)