Hunger for the Word of God is one of the major signs that you are indeed saved. Lost people have no desire to read the Bible. It seems boring to them. But once you have accepted Christ and been born again, then God’s Holy Spirit now lives inside you. That new nature that God has given you craves connection with the Father and the Son. Like a newborn baby can only be fed by milk, Christians will recognize inside of them a spiritual longing that only the Bible can fulfill. That ache and emptiness you feel when all of the day’s activities have ended and you’re alone with your thoughts, that is the longing for fellowship with Jesus. You’ve already been united with Christ by faith, but now you experience a need to spend time with Him, to build that relationship. We spend time with Jesus and grow in Him by meditating on Scripture and responding to what we read in prayer. As we spend time with Christ each day, we begin to see our attitudes and thoughts transform to be more like Him. We put away sins like hatred (“malice”), dishonesty (“deceit”), fake behaviors (“hypocrisy”), jealousy (“envy”), and mean words (“evil speech”) because they hurt our fellowship with Jesus. If we have really experienced God’s grace and love in our lives, then we should now want to show grace and love to others. Just like you build healthy relationships with your family and friends by spending time with them, we maintain and grow a healthy relationship with God by spending time with Him through reading His Word.
The Text (1 Peter 2:1-3)
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Background and Observations
• Notice the two choices the believers have in verses 1-2: Long for the Word of God or else fall victim to the the old sinful way of life. If our hearts are focused on loving Christ and feeding on His Word, then we don’t have room in our lives for sin. But if we love our sin then we lose sense of our hunger for the Word and we lose fellowship with God. We are still saved and united with Christ, but He begins to feel far away and distant. Let the Bible shape your thoughts and actions and you will experience the joy of the Lord’s presence.
• The metaphor of “tasting” God’s grace is another way that Peter describes salvation. He is saying that if we have really been saved, then we have experienced the joy of knowing God’s forgiveness and grace. We understood His grace when we first came to Christ, and we continue to understand it as we see His kindness at work in our lives.
Questions to Think About
1. Do you enjoy reading the Bible? Why or why not?
2. Think about times in your life when God felt far away. How does today’s passage help you to understand what might have been going on in your life during those times?
3. What evidences of God’s grace have you “tasted” (experienced) since becoming a Christian?