“So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
Mother’s milk was not popular when I had my first child. Most moms chose to bottle feed their babies. I wanted to breast feed my first baby, but after a dreadful few days, and the baby taking in only a few ounces of milk, I abandoned the idea and gratefully gave him a bottle. Michael took to the bottle quite well and ate like a little piggy. What amazed me about feeding him was the intensity of sucking. I had to tug the bottle out of his mouth to burp him, and he’d scream until I put the nipple back into his mouth.
Peter says we should “drink deep in God’s pure kindness” with the same intensity of a nursing infant in order to receive the love and grace of God. Unfortunately, some babies reject the bottle, causing much anxiety for the parents. During our lifetime, we may experience periods of time when we resist God’s loving arms and nourishing “milk.” When we hunger for the Lord and concentrate on feeding on his Word, praying, and helping others return to or find the Lord, we’ll experience the rich “taste” of God.
Dear God, thank you for being patient with us as we learn to drink in your pure kindness. Amen.