September 3, 2018 Job 37,38; 1 Peter 2:1-10

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 (NLT) The heart of this ministry is to inspire a love for God’s Word and encourage the discipline of daily Bible reading and SOAP journaling. These are a few of our SOAP notes from today’s reading. We encourage you to read and journal on your own first, then join us in conversation about what God revealed to YOU today. Click HERE to go directly to the daily reading if you wish.

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Craving God | Joni Tyner

S~ Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)

O~ Peter is comparing a believer in Christ to that of a newborn baby who needs it’s milk for nourishment, comfort and satisfaction.

A~ This is a striking word picture and very easy for anyone who has spent time with a newborn. They cry for their milk!!!  It is many times a day and once they start to crave it, they quickly become obsessed and nothing will satisfy them. Once they’ve had their fill, they often fall into a satisfying slumber, content that their tummy has had it’s fill of what they so desperately need.

A couple of years ago, I decided to pursue my certification of Lactation Counseling,  maybe that is why I was thinking about this scripture in a slightly different angle this morning.  A new nursing mother has a very strong emotional and physical need to be near her infant, sometimes as much as 15-20 times a day.  When a nursing mother needs to feed her baby,  her thinking can’t not be distracted, she wants her baby.  Her body needs to feed her infant.  And… when mama needs to feed her baby, she doesn’t want to shopping or have a night on the town, she wants to relieve herself by nursing her precious baby. If a nursing mom is unable to nurse her baby, it becomes important to use a breast pump.  (A breast pump does work, but it is an inferior substitute to nursing and any nursing mom will tell you, they hate the breast pump!!)

So, back to this scripture, I started wondering if God is like the nursing mom.  He craves for His children to come to Him for frequent feedings of the Word.  It was a fascinating thought that God would crave me to come to him like I remember needing to nurse my babies. I wonder if He feels that I give him cheap substitutes when I do other “spiritual things” instead of spending time in the Word.  I’m not sure if it is exactly like that, but I do think God loves me like a mama loves her baby.  His love for me is constant.  I think He notices when I don’t “come around” for a while, I think He loves it when I crave Him the way a baby craves milk.

P~ Dear Lord, I pray that all of us would have a fresh perspective of how deep Your love is for us.  I pray for an insatiable appetite to be in Your presence with reading Your Word and praying and sitting at Your feet.  Thank you for pursuing me when I wander. I love You.

Milk before meat | Chelsea Horne

S~ God’s Voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things beyond our understanding. Job 37:5 (NIV)

Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2: 2-3 (NIV)

O~ My little sister, who is now 7 months old, has just started to take semi-solid foods. She is a bit behind the curve, developmentally, and it has been so much fun watching her progress! She radiates pure love and joy to everyone! All you have to do is smile at her, or show the least bit of delight in her and her whole face lights up! She shares her signature, squeaky laugh with you, and in that moment, all cares fall away. I love to share her world of joy and beauty with her! To see her eyes light up in fascination at the sight of a fan, or see the wheels turning in her head as she examines the air vent and wonder what is going on up there.

It makes me wonder, is this how God sees me? Does He take as much delight in my progress as I do in hers? To see me smile and laugh, to share the joy in my heart with me? I know that the answer to all of these questions is yes! He takes delight in me, and in my progress!

Just as she cannot take solid food yet, I feel that neither can I. There are things that I cannot do quite yet, and that’s ok, because my God is a patient Teacher. He won’t rush me or make me feel ashamed. He will lovingly guide me to the next step and teach me how to walk, His Way, not my way.

A~ Where am I trying to rush my life because the world has told me to? Because I feel the pressure to perform? Where is God telling me to rest with Him, and relax in His unconditional Love for me?

Today, I choose to rest. Just rest. To stop striving, stop fighting so hard for a life that I feel that I SHOULD have, and start praying about the life that God has planned for me.

P~ Thank You, Jesus! Thank You for reminding me to just be still. Please help me to put my trust in You as You teach me how to walk, before I learn how to run. Please help me to be content with the milk until You are ready to give me more. Please teach me, as a baby, to walk in Your Truth. And help me to remember that You are there for every step.

In Your Name I pray,


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