1 Peter 2:2-3 – As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Have you ever met a baby that was not often hungry? Probably not. Babies yearn for comfort, food, and stimulation to learn. By all of these things, we express love to the growing child, and they suffer physically and mentally if they are not provided appropriately.
Now, do you know someone new to the faith? If so, you likely recognize how similar their needs are compared to a baby. They need the Word of God desperately and often. They need the comfort of the Gospel and the Church as the Body of Christ to encourage and challenge them. They also need the stimulation of other believers worshipping, praying and sings praises with them lest their development be retarded for lack of spiritual nutrients. However, what new and older believers need more than anything else is the Word of God in its entirety.
The Word gives us the daily bread we need from heaven to remain vigilant and hopeful. It provides guidance and assurance that God is real and active. The Holy Bible chastises us when we sin and lift us up by grace. The Word of God is essential to life.
The vital nature of the Word was invoked by Jesus when He quoted from the Old Testament as He was tempted by the Devil, saying “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). If Jesus relied upon the Word, then we should too! Give a Bible to a hungry soul, and show them the abundant life.