1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord (1 Peter 2).
It’s quite simple really: without milk, newborn babies cannot grow; and without God’s Word, we cannot grow either. Newborn babies wake up for one of three reasons: colic, dirty diapers, or hunger. When they are hungry, all they want is to be fed, and their cries will not relent until they are satisfied, period. You can coo them and pat them and rock them all you want, but until they get their milk, they will remain inconsolable.
The image is clear, but the question may be ignored. And the question is, do I long for God’s Word as much as an infant longs for mother’s milk? Peter connects the salvation experience itself with a longing for God’s Word. That is, the result of having “tasted the kindness of the Lord” results in “longing for the pure milk of the word.” To have tasted the Lord’s kindness is to desire to taste also His Word.
Lord, we thank You for Your kindness toward us. It is sweet to our taste. May we long for Your Word, that we may taste more of Your kindness This Day. Amen.