Let's face it. We don't always feel like reading the Bible. It's all well and good to be told to 'crave pure spiritual milk' like that, but craving isn't a choice, is it?
Not exactly. But you can make the choice to practice yourself towards a place where it'll happen naturally. 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV) mentions the need to get rid of 'all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind' before craving spiritual milk. What Peter is saying is that it is not possible to get to a place of true, honest desperation for Godly growth whilst having a heart full of negative emotions. Hmm, curious, that...
Also, 1 Peter 2:3 explains that craving good-God-things comes from having 'tasted that the Lord is good'. You have to 'taste' your Bible (read it a bit) and notice the positive effects, before you can start to crave chowing down on it regularly. The first step towards that is to commit to a routine. To make the decision to read a bit of Bible every day. The second step is to actually do it. Even when you really don't want to. Especially when you really don't want to. And if you miss a day or two (or a week), pick it up again anyway from that day. Keep going. Then, after a while, you'll find that it becomes a part of your day that you look forward to.
So what now? Get started then! Plan when you'll spend time reading the Bible today, then actually do it. Or if you're already managing it, think how you could encourage a friend to get into a Bible routine.
Soulfood : Col 3-4, Philem, Lk 21:1-11, Ps 78:9-16, Prov 23:22-25