Learning to Eat

From the time we began feeding Trinity baby food, we had a battle on our hands. She yelled and screamed and flapped her arms every single time we tried to feed her. As a mom, I was at wits end. She needed to eat, it was my job to feed her and yet daily we experienced an epic battle. 
I will never forget the day we finally figured out what the problem was. It was sometime in November and we were traveling from Mexico to Tennessee. Along the trip we had stopped at a fast food restaurant for lunch. Trinity was about 8 months old and sitting in her high chair. I look away for a split second and when I look back, she had grabbed a french fry and was happily munching on it. That was the first time I had seen her eat without screaming. At that moment the light bulb finally went off in our minds, “This girl wants to feed herself!”
All babies are dependent on others for food. As they grow, children begin to feed themselves. They often begin as messy eaters but through practice they become proficient. 
The Writer of Hebrews refers to this concept to help describe our ability to read the Bible, understand it and put in practice Biblical principles. “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Hebrews 5:12-14
As believers we should mature in our ability to read, understand and put in practice the Scriptures. However many of us, like infants or toddlers have not mastered this skill. D.L. Moody explained it like this, “What we need as Christians is to be able to feed ourselves. How many there are who sit helpless and listless, with open mouths, hungry for spiritual things, and the minister has to try to feed them, while the Bible is a feast prepared, into which they never venture.”
God’s Word contains answers to life’s many difficulties, but often we fail to consult it. Then, when we do, we are often unable to benefit from God’s wisdom because, like children who haven’t mastered basic eating skills, we have not mastered the skill of understanding The Bible. 
Let us be as eager to devour God’s Word as a little girl happily nibbling on a French Fry. 
KD

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