Welcome to our online Bible study on 1 Peter!
— Read: 1 Peter 2 —
I grew up in a square-mile of a town, and both of my grandmas lived a mere bike ride away. But they couldn’t have been more different.
As a kid, I knew what to expect at each grandma’s house.
One grandma kept a fresh stash of cookies and candy bars in the cupboard, along with a couple new containers of ice cream and sherbet in the freezer. She was the quintessential grandma — in terms of the way she doted on us grandkids and spoiled us with treats.
My other grandma was more austere. She never bought junk food, but she grew an extensive vegetable garden in her backyard. Tomatoes, grapes, carrots, onions, peas, potatoes. You name it, she grew it. Needless to say, my visits to her house were never quite as much “fun.”
What’s funny about that today is how much I’m trying to change my years of bad eating habits. All those candy bars catch up with you eventually. And I find myself trying new recipes — the kind that include new-to-me vegetables.
I’ve always thought of vegetables as an acquired taste. But the thing is, the more I eat them, the more I have an appetite for them. And the less I eat sugary processed foods, the less I desire them.
The same can be said of our spiritual appetites too.
Few of us truly loved reading the Bible as a child. (If you did, that’s awesome!) But when I first started reading the Bible, I found it confusing, and sometimes boring. But that all changed once I started reading it regularly as a teen. I noticed how my “appetite” for the Word changed in proportion to how much I consumed.
The more I read the Bible, the more I wanted to read it.
Peter admonishes believers to “long for pure spiritual milk,” the same way a newborn will crave her mother’s milk. I think verses like this one in 1 Peter 2:1 sometimes cause undue guilt in believers. If we don’t “crave” time in the Word, then we wonder if there’s something wrong with us.
In reality, our appetites grow in proportion to the appetites we feed.
When I eat more vegetables, I actually want to eat more of them. (And if you had asked me if that was possible a few years ago, I might have choked on my Snickers bar.)
If you find yourself wishing you had more of a desire to sit down and read the Bible, simply ask God to grow that desire in you. Then read a portion of the Bible, asking God to reveal more of himself to you.
God promises in his Word, that when we seek him with all our hearts, we will find him.
He also promises to give us the desires of our hearts. That doesn’t mean he’ll give us whatever we desire; rather, God will put new desires in our hearts — the kind of desires that bring him glory.
What a sweet assurance that God will replace our old desires with new ones.
— Diving Deeper —
Do you ever struggle with the desire to read God’s Word?
Share in the comments…