Something to Think About – 2020.03.20

Come, let us reflect together.

Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

1 Peter 2:2-3

The word that immediately jumped out at me is “tasted.” The Greek word is ἐγεύσασθε (pronounced heg-eu-sas-they) means taste or experience. With Peter’s use of something you consume, namely “milk,” it makes sense that one would translate it “tasted.”

So have you tasted that the Lord is good? Are you longing for and consuming his purity and Spirit that allow you to grow into the rescue you receive from him?

When I graduated from seminary and entered fulltime congregational ministry, I was shocked at how many people do not long for God. Many sporadically worship because they are more interested in what the world offers up on the menu. Prayer and scripture study are not staples in their spiritual diet. They may serve because it makes them feel good, but they often don’t receive any spiritual nutrition from it.

Peter tells us all to long for these things because they help us grow in our faith in him. Otherwise he is suspicious as to whether we have ever experienced the Lord and his goodness.

Lord, we have extra time on our hands because we have been asked to hunker down. You seem to have pushed the pause button on our lives. Let your people reacquaint themselves to their experience of you. Help them to crave your worship. Help them to long for hearing your word and communicating with you. Open their eyes to the value of experiencing you in all your glory. I pray tis in the name of the Triune God of Grace. Amen!

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