“Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…” (1 Peter 2:2, NASB95)
I know that I’ve done a devotion on this verse before, but I think it is important to raise it up again. This verse was one of my earliest memory verses 20 some years ago. This verse was my motivation to study and continue to add to my memory verse list. But I have to admit something. Along the way, I have sometimes allowed life to get too busy to put the energy into these efforts. There was a time when I went over a year without adding a verse to my list. It is amazing how subtle the deadening process is. I grew comfortable with where I was. But you know what? You never stay where you are. We can never be spiritually static. We are either growing or dying. At that time, I realized I had forgotten verses I had known for years.
Peter tells us in this verse that we should see ourselves as spiritual infants in deep need for the nourishment that only God’s Word can provide. We should long to be in the Word. When I realized I had fallen out of the habit, I caught up the with verses I forgot, added new verses to the list and went back into deep study of God’s Word. I understand that I must NOT let the business of the day(s) allow me to neglect the spiritual food I need for my own well-being. Even a pastor and Bible teacher needs to be an infant in the Word.
I give you this personal testimony to tell you that, if you are in a similar state spiritually, you are not alone. I want you to know that it can all be put back on track with a childlike faith and an infant’s longing to be fed. If you are deeply in the Word these days, then praise the Lord and keep it going. If you have slipped a bit like I did, then reengage yourself into the greatest spiritual feast one can have. Join me in recommitting to God’s Word.