I have a newborn baby girl at home. She drinks a lot of milk every single day, and she is currently going through a growth spurt. She wails at the top of her lungs for milk on demand when she is hungry. She needs milk every few hours–day and night. She doesn’t care if it is three in the morning or the middle of my lunch break. Even while I was in the early stages of recovery from my C-section at the hospital I was encouraged to breastfeed. As a new mom, I find it difficult not to feel like a human milk machine for my baby during the first stage of her life. I once had to feed her a bottle of formula while I was out shopping, and she immediately knew the difference between breast milk and that other stuff. She gave me a look of disgust and would hardly drink any of it. You and I should crave the Word of God as a babe craves her mother’s milk.
I hope and pray the Word of God never becomes boring to you. There is always something new to glean from the Bible until the day we go to heaven. The Holy Spirit will reveal some spiritual insight that speaks directly to your heart and life. We should eagerly anticipate that quiet time when we can crack open God’s Word and drink in all that it has to offer. We should crave it to the point where we cannot get enough of it and need to go back to it again and again each day for more sustenance for our spiritual journeys. You could even say that is a healthy addiction as a follower of Christ. Reading a verse or two may offer you a quick spiritual nugget, but the truth is that we need to read deeper into it and truly meditate on it to absorb every last drop and satisfy our hunger.
When we first come to Christ we cannot get enough of God’s Word. Every page and every paragraph offers something new and exciting. As we mature in our faith we should be able to look at these verses, chapters and heroic stories again with a deeper understanding of their meaning and a fresh perspective. Going through the different stages of life often propels us to seek out God’s Word for new direction, instruction and inspiration. Satan can easily gain a foothold when we stop drinking our spiritual milk and try to feed our hunger in other ways. Our spiritual lives don’t need to be mucked up with all of the crud in this world. No self-help book or practice will every free us from the root of our problem (sin). Our goal is to let go of ourselves and to become more like Christ and the person He has desired us to be when He first made us.
Nothing can ever satisfy our spiritual hunger like the living, breathing Word of God. It is refreshing and delightful to our souls. Just as newborn babies forge a strong bond with their mothers when they breastfeed, we can strengthen our bond with God when we read the Bible. It is one way we develop a relationship with our Heavenly Father and better understand His character and His heart. It is how we stay grounded in our faith and how we grow to become more like the image of Christ. Your Bible should be more than a coffee table display or a dusty book on your bookshelf. It is our connection to God, and we should be passionate about it and desire to share it with everyone we encounter. I ask you: How often do you read the Word of God? Do you crave it and look forward to reading it each day? Ask the Lord to show you how to spend more meaningful time in His Word and to help you grow in each stage of your spiritual journey.