A brief word must be said for the joy found in good friendship. It’s our privilege to continue to serve alongside some very dear friends and the lessons we learn from our observance of them and their walk with the Lord are more numerous than we could share. In this particular instance, the lesson came from one of their children, illustrating once again our God’s unique ability as a communicator of truth.
We’ve spent the past week with Josh & Jenny Starkey in Palm Springs and have enjoyed great fellowship together. While a great many things have struck me during this time, dinner last night provided a great illustration of an important biblical truth. The Starkey’s son, Haddon, during the course of our dinner, expressed his great desire to enjoy some food alongside the rest of us. He’d been given plenty of ‘baby food’ appropriate to his age but he was no longer satisfied with this as he watched the rest of us enjoy a tasty meal. Jenny commented that a short time ago she’d made beef stroganoff and given a small portion to Haddon. Since that encounter with ‘real food’ he’d grown increasingly dissatisfied with his food and now desired to partake in solid food.
I Corinthians 3:2 states, “I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready,” and Hebrews 5:12-14 adds, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”
Paul, and the author of Hebrews, are concerned because the people they are addressing are too immature. Their spiritual desires and understanding are lacking…they haven’t grown up and still need to be treated as newborns. They have reached a point where maturity should be taking place and their desires and tastes should be developing. They should be cultivating a longing for, a taste for, a desire, to understand the deeper truths of God and His word. Their maturity should be evidenced in their ability to feed others the ‘meat’ of God’s word and yet they’re still in need of receiving ‘milk’ themselves!
How true this principle is for many of us today – we are too easily satisfied with the passing pleasures of this world and the shallow waters of the deep oceans of God’s glory!! Oh, how we need to develop a little of Haddon in us…a taste and desire for the substance of the glory of God and a deep, ever-expanding desire for more. We must work to put away childish things and press on towards maturity. To be skilled in the word of righteousness, able to adequately handle the word of truth, and quick to live it out in our lives.
May our practice be to plunge the depths of riches, wisdom, and knowledge of God and may we be ever more deeply satisfied by Him alone!