Friday, April 22, 2016

1 Peter 2:1-3

1 Peter 2:1-3
Contemporary English Version (CEV)

  I find it humorous how simple and straightforward the Bible can be at times.  We often like to pretend it's this big, complicated book that is so obscure as to make following it complicated.  While there are often complicated parts, sometimes it spells things out pretty clearly.  (I believe is was C.S. Lewis who said "It's not the parts of the Bible I don't understand that worry me, it's the parts I do understand that worry me.")
  Not only should we stop being jealous, hateful and insincere, but we should seek good things with the same excitement and eagerness that babies seek food.  We have tasted and seen how good God is -- we should be so hungry for continued nurture and sustenance from God that we will let nothing stand in our way.  Believe me, everyone within a city block will know when a baby is hungry, because that baby cares about being fed.  Do we approach the Word of God with the same passion?  Do we have the same hunger?  Or have we grown indifferent, accustomed to its nearness, but allowing its wisdom to grow stale in our consumption of it?
  If so, it's best to start small, to take some small bites and let them soak in, appreciating Scripture for what it reveals about the God who stands behind it.  Let us wonder for a time at how deep the Father's love is for us, and may that lead us into a lifetime of hunger for knowledge and experience of God's goodness.

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