Babies are not discreet. When they’re hungry, they let you know. It doesn’t matter where you are or who is watching. They’ll search for the source of milk no matter what. I was holding my infant in church last week and he opened his mouth and started rooting around, bouncing his head off my chest in an attempt to be fed. It was obvious to anyone watching what he was trying to do. Though slightly embarrassing for me, his actions displayed a simple trust that give us a model of how we should act as well.
When was the last time you read your Bible? I mean, really read it? Not just a quick verse look up. I don’t know about you, but regular study is something I struggle with. There are so many other things to do, and devotional time is often very difficult to come by. But the Bible itself tells us that we should long for God’s Word, just as my baby longs for milk. 1 Peter 2:2-3 tells us, “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.”
You see, babies know and trust that the milk they want will be there when they need it. When they get hungry, they look for the milk that has sustained them before. They know it will satisfy their hunger. How much more so God’s Word? So often we starve ourselves spiritually, putting off Bible study or devotions or even church attendance. Yet God longs to feed and nourish us in His Word.
Peter isn’t the only inspired writer to speak of the longing a believer should feel. King David said in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…”
So go ahead. Crave the pure spiritual milk as found in the Bible. Thirst for God and His Word. Search the Scriptures. Don’t be discreet about it. Don’t worry about who may be watching. God will satisfy your hunger. You can count on it.