Daily Devotion, 10/18/2018, “Crave!”
1 Peter 2:1-3 NLT
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 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.
The thought of newborn babies craving milk brings back vivid memories of the mostly sleepless early weeks of our sons’ lives. Infants are so demanding! They have no concept of work schedules, sleep cycles, delayed gratification or even the good manners of using the word please. They know what they want, when they want it and they make sure everyone in screaming distance knows also.
For the most part, scripture teaches us not to live our lives like that. When it comes to “evil behavior,” rather than doing whatever it takes to have our natural cravings satisfied, we are to “get rid of” them through self-discipline, the empowering work of the Holy Spirit in us, accountability to others and so on. We are to intentionally mature as Christ-followers out of the infantile behaviors that include “deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.”
There is one area where acting infantile is encouraged. “Like newborn babies,” we are to “cry out for nourishment” and “crave pure spiritual milk.” We are encouraged to have a ravenous, never fully satisfied appetite for God’s presence, the Word of God, biblical teaching, godly fellowship and other forms of “pure spiritual milk” that will help us to “grow into a full experience of salvation.”As Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled.” Just as being filled with food in your stomach satisfies only for a few hours or maybe a day at the most before the craving for more nourishment returns, being filled with “righteousness” works the same way. It’s a never ending craving for God and the work of God in us and through us and that’s a good thing.
May any stale passivity for God within you be replaced by a pure and unbridled passion for more of Him. You are loved!