Spiritual Craving

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Monday, August 12, 2019

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. 1 Peter 2:2-3

The word craving is defined as an intense, urgent, or abnormal desire or longing. Mothers know a thing or two about cravings during pregnancy. Babies have a craving for their mother’s milk and affection. They depend on that milk for growth and development. Their mother’s affection affirms their identity and makes them feel loved.

In today’s text, the writer exhorts believers to crave spiritual milk. The word of God is the spiritual milk that believers should crave. It contains all the necessary spiritual vitamins we need for growth and development. The word helps to strengthen our spiritual muscles so we can be strong in our faith and courageous in resisting the attacks of the enemy.

Newborn babies have to eat regularly. In some cases, every two hours. Their mother’s milk is not only good for the nourishment it contains the antibodies they need to fight diseases. In the same way, the word of God helps us to remain spiritually healthy and wiser unto righteousness.

What does it mean to crave spiritual milk? It means to develop a thirst that only the word of God can quench. That spiritual craving is an insatiable desire for God that can only be nourished on the truths of the faith and of the teachings of the word of God.

The human soul is a living dimension of our beings that requires nourishment as much as our physical body. Unfortunately, many people are so focused on their physical needs that their soul is left starving for spiritual nourishment. Our goal should be to live a balanced life where the needs of our physical being and spiritual being are met equally and adequately.

God’s word nourishes our spirit-self. Whereas it is necessary to read a plethora of writings to feed our minds and enrich our understanding of people of events, only the word of God can satisfy our inner hunger for spiritual food. Therefore, we must crave it as newborn babies crave milk.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), babies should be breastfed for six months at the very least. That is because breast milk is full of live ingredients, “including stem cells, white blood cells, and beneficial bacteria, as well as other bioactive components, such as antibodies, enzymes, and hormones, which all help fight infection, prevent disease and contribute to normal healthy development. Babies who are breastfed exclusively for their first six months are less likely to suffer from diarrhea and sickness, gastroenteritis, colds and flu, ear and chest infections and thrush. And compared to formula-fed infants, exclusively breastfed babies are half as likely to be victims of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or cot death).”

The Bible is the only spiritual milk on which believers should be feeding. It is God’s milk for his spiritual children. Those who are fed on God’s milk will not become victims of spiritual death syndrome (SDS). The Bible helps us fight contamination from sin. It is necessary to prevent spiritual apathy and helps us resist the lust of the flesh and lust of the eye.

Christians should be careful to test the source of their spiritual nourishment. Not everything edible should be eating. Our craving should be for godly food that is provided in the Bible. Only the Scriptures can help us grow in our salvation.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, revive in us the craving for your spiritual food, so we grow in our salvation.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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