“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
Since the birth of our little, precious 7th baby we have seen firsthand the practical outworking of this verse. We have had played out in our experience for the 7th time that impatient, persistent, insatiable desire for the milk that at the same time is so endearing and absolutely precious. What can be more cute than an infant babe rooting eagerly for his food. How sweet is the contentment and fulfilled sighing when that need is met.
But, how often do we stop and think about what these words really mean? We have read them over and over and may know them by heart. But, have we seriously considered them?
Are we truly like newborn babes?
Am I like a newborn babe?
Here are a few observations that I seen firsthand with baby Matthew:
*A newborn babe is born with a God- given desire for his mother’s milk.** From the beginning, little Matthew knew what to do and it did not take long for him to snuggle in to nurse. This is a Divine desire that infants have from the womb. So in a born again believer, the Lord puts a hunger in him to hear and be taught by the Lord. As the baby Christian utters his first cry, He/She is looking upward with hunger that can only be fed by the Bread from Heaven.
*When a newborn babe is hungry NOTHING else will satisfy him. His cries will intensify and he will not be denied. Every parent has experienced this with their child. So with a believer, we should be imploring the Lord with an intensity of Jacob who said “I will not let thee go till thou bless me!” Nothing else but Christ should satisfy us and our cries should be vigorous and persistent with the Lord.
*When a newborn receives the milk there is inexplicable satisfaction afterwards. We have all seen the bliss on the little faces, the contented sighs, the rolling of the eyes in utter comfort after their little tummy is full. So with the Lord, when we have seen His face we will be content. “Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
*A newborn cannot go long without the milk. So as Christians we must go back again and again for a meeting with Christ. We cannot live off of leftovers, but need to daily and often fed from His word. The Lord delights in us coming back to Him, again and again.
I am nursing Matthew many, many times through the day and night at this point. And I delight to do so, as his mother. How much more does our Father in heaven delight to give us good gifts, to feed us from His word, so nourish and care for us. He rejoices to give us of Himself.
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55
**I realize that every baby is different and some do have trouble nursing. I am speaking in the general sense here.