Spiritual Food

in Bible Study Christian Living/Situational Discipline Marriage Obedience/Discipleship Salvation

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3

The first year Lori and I were married, we lived in married student housing at Oklahoma State University. I had graduated from college and was teaching and coaching. Lori was finishing up her last year. A few miles from our apartment was a Braum's ice cream store where ice cream cost fifty cents a scoop. I won't lie ... there were evenings we craved, even yearned for a Braum's ice cream cone. We would scour our apartment for coins until we scrounged up a dollar and two cents and then happily headed to Braum's. With a cone in our hands and a smile on our faces, we would sit on a bench by the front door and determine if those entering really needed the calories. "Ding, ding, ding!" meant the person could handle the calories and a buzzer sound. "Neerrnnt!" meant the person should probably head back to the car. Admittedly, it wasn't a very nice thing to do, but we sure had fun doing it. And it was cheap entertainment!

Just as we yearned for ice cream, so believers should long for the nourishment that comes from the Word of God. But the sustenance that comes from Scripture is nothing like a sugar high that comes from an ice cream cone. We don't open the Word to find a quick fix that temporarily meets our fleshly needs. God's Word is real spiritual food that allows us to grow up in our salvation and mature as followers of Jesus.

When, by consistently reading, you develop a taste for the deep truth, no-nonsense challenges, and desired promises of Scripture, you can say with the believers through the ages, "This is really, really good!!"

Lord, encourage those who regularly read your Word. Convict those who do not. In Jesus' name. Amen.