1 Peter 2:2-3 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that they may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” A newborn baby has to be helped to take its first drink of life-giving nourishment.
However, a newborn in Christ needs no coaching. Salvation comes with a desire for the milk of God’s word. My dad’s parents accepted the Lord when he was three. He grew up in a Christian home. He had no desire for the word. He dutifully went to meetings, listened to his parents and others talk about the Lord around the table. He had no interest.
One night, at the age of 19, he accepted the Lord. The next morning his folks found him reading his Bible. They knew. Being hungry for the word is a true sign of a new believer. I was saved at the age of 11. That evening and into the night I devoured the whole book of John.
At salvation, we indeed have tasted that the Lord is gracious. Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” His goodness was expressed through His death on the cross. Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Psalm 34:8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Have you tasted of the Lord’s goodness, and then have had your spiritual palate dulled through the heavy sludge of this world’s food? I have a friend who used to be a chef. He has a very discerning palate. He can taste a sauce and tell what spices are in it. It also helps him to know what spice is needed to add to his culinary creations.
Mark 4:19 is a short list of what dulls our spiritual discerning palate. It says, “And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
When you are in the depths of your trial, struggling with emotional pain, what do you crave? Psalm 42:1 says, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.” This ‘pant’ is from a deer who knows that if it can’t get to water it will die.
I believe that is how David felt when he wrote Psalm 63. Verse 1 says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”
The enemy seeks to use our trials to get us to turn from God. The Lord uses our trials to draw us closer to Him. He wants to be our sole source of comfort: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. May His love for you eclipse everything but Him.