What Are You Craving?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

This week my wife and I are visiting our eleven week old grandson, Felix, and we are enjoying every minute of him.  As you can imagine, he is a typical baby who requires lots of care at this point in his life.  There are always diapers to change, outfits to wash, and crying that needs to be attended to.  But, since we last saw him eight weeks ago, there is evidence of change and development.  Felix has grown in size, he is now on a schedule, he smiles when spoken to, and he is more attentive to his surroundings.  All of these changes come with the normal developmental stages one expects of a healthy baby.  However, growth won’t happen without proper feeding and the right amount of attention.

In 1 Peter 2:2-3 the apostle Peter, now probably in his sixties, writes “Like new born 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.”  A key phrase in this text is to “crave pure spiritual milk.”  It is an obvious reference to the teaching of the Scriptures.  The verb crave means to long for or desire, to have an unquenchable thirst for something.  As followers of Christ, we should never be satisfied with our present knowledge of the Bible, but always be pursuing a deeper understanding of God’s Word.  A diet of milk is fine when you are a baby.  But, it Is not sufficient to sustain a growing adolescent or adult.  As we grow in Christ, we must add to our spiritual diet a hunger for the deeper truths contained in the Word of God.

Start meeting your cravings by spending time each day reading your Bible and then thinking about what you have read throughout the day.  Not only will your hunger be satisfied, but before you know it, you will also be able to handle the weightier portions of Scripture that will help you navigate through the Christian life as an adult.