Of a new-born’s first cries, we might say, ‘Healthy set of lungs; a good sign!’ If prayer is the equivalent to those cries, an early sign of a healthy new life, spiritually, then another may be a healthy appetite. This second of three brief posts on the theme signs of Life also comes from Dr. J. I. Packer…
Dr Packer writes: “Second, the baby feeds, instinctively; and the born-again person also feels a hunger for spiritual food – first the milk and then the meat of God’s revealed word. (1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 3:2).
“He listens to the word preached and taught and discussed; he reads it in his Bible, and in books that throw light on the Bible; he asks questions about it; he meditates on it, memorizes it, chews on it, labours to squeeze all the goodness out of it. ‘Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day … How sweet are thy words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’ (Psalm 119:97, 103).
“Constantly to crave for God’s word and to want to go deeper into it is thus a second sign of being regenerate.”
From J I Packer in God’s Words.