Stirring Up Desire

Stirring Up Desire

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby – 1 Peter 2:1-2 (NKJV)

When I think of the word desire, I imagine it in the sense of, “I desire some kettle corn.” This is a somewhat permanent state of being for me, as I dearly love kettle corn. However, Strong’s Bible Dictionary tells me the word desire in this passage was translated from the Greek word epipotheō. This word means, “to intensely crave possession (lawfully or wrongfully), earnestly desire, or greatly long after.” This meaning is much more intense.

I want to desire God’s word with this level of intensity. Peter teaches that the Bible provides a path to my growth. Power, truth, edification, and love can all be found within the pages of this precious book. Jesus proved the importance of God’s word by the way He dealt with Satan’s temptations in the desert. Each lure of the enemy was rebuffed by Jesus quoting scripture as, “It is written…”

If I am to follow Jesus’ example in using scripture to resist temptation, I need to dig into the word at every opportunity. I must constantly gather God’s promises, storing them away for times of future testing. I pray for the kind of desire that Peter meant when he told believers to epipotheō God’s word.

But He answered and said, "It is written, 'MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD.' " – Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)