1 Peter 2:1-3 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
Imagine the scene. You are in a hospital room with the new parents and the newborn baby. The Mom and Dad are admiring their little one in the cradle and suddenly he starts to cry. He isn’t hurt. He is not tired. He doesn’t need to be changed. What does he need? What is the problem? What should the parents do?
Fortunately, a child has few and simple needs. The Mother picks up the child, holds him close, and begins to nurse him. This is fulfilling a couple of the young child’s needs. First, it is satisfying his hunger: his desire and need for food. His Mother’s milk provides all the nutrition he needs for strong and healthy growth. It provides him with protection against future health problems and promotes healthy physical and mental development.
The second advantage the young baby is getting is that time and attention of his mother. She is holding him in her arms. He can feel the warmth of her touch and the beat or her heart. He hers her voice and she speaks to him. He is learning that he is important and that he is loved. This also has long term advantages in his growth. He begins to develop the first stages of his self-image which will guard him against insecurity and emotional problems down the road.
He needs all of this for his life. He can not feed himself. If the opportunity came along he would eat anything put to his mouth healthy or otherwise. He is dependant on his parents and they care for him and meet their needs.
Now, in our passage it urges us to be as newborn babes and desire the sincere milk of the word. As Christians we have a spiritual nature that needs to be fed or our growth will be stunted and deformed. We need to lay aside the toxic things mentioned in verse one and feed on the sincere (unadulterated, uncontaminated) milk of the word.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings
We need to spend time in prayer of course, talking to him, but we also need time in his word – listening and being fed by him. As we go into God’s presence in prayer we can meet him in a similar way in his word. There is a difference between studying his word, memorizing it, or just reading it out of duty and ritual and actually expecting to meet with him and hear from him as we open his word and read it.
1 Corinthians 3:1,2 says,
“And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”
A baby can not digest solid food like meat. There system has not yet to that stage. Of course babies are not meant to be babies forever. If they never grow past the nursing stage and continue to act like babies then something has gone wrong. As we grow in our walk with the Lord we are able to digest the deeper things of God. And although we should not let our growth be retarded, a part of us should always remain child-like (not childish) in our desire and dependence on God and his word.
The bible is our milk, our bread, our meat, and our honey. It is our food for enjoyment of his presence and growth in his grace.
Oh Lord, help us to meet with you daily in your word. Help us to feed on your presence and truth. Draw us near to you so that we may know you more intimately. Give us the things we need to grow in grace and guide us in our service for you. Let our life be a light so that your name may be glorified and others may come to know you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!