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A Good Little Teacher

Daily Devotional for August 29, 2016

Read: 1 Peter 2:1-4

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"The baby is crying again," complained Brianne.

Mom walked over to the cradle and picked up the fussy little bundle. "The baby has a name," she said. "This is Michael, and you need to be a little more patient with your brother. He's only three weeks old."

"I know, Mom," grumbled Brianne, "but I thought a baby would be more fun. All he ever does is cry, eat, and sleep!"

Mom settled into the rocking chair. "You're right about that," she agreed. "I fed Michael just a few hours ago, but I think he's hungry again." The fussing stopped as soon as Mom started to feed the baby.

Brianne watched resentfully. "I guess I should have known that a baby who can't do anything is just a lot of trouble," she muttered.

"He's more than just trouble," said Mom. "He's cute and loveable, and if you try, you can learn a lot from Michael. He's a good little teacher."

"A teacher!" said Brianne. "How could he possibly be a teacher?"

"Get your Bible and find the book of First Peter," said Mom. "Read the second verse of chapter two out loud."

Brianne found the verse quickly. "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation," she read aloud.

Mom continued to rock and feed the baby. "What is Michael doing now?" she asked Brianne.

"Eating," answered Brianne, "but he's almost asleep again." After a moment, she added, "I guess he's eating and snoozing at the same time."

"If I had just rocked Michael or given him his pacifier without feeding him, what would he have done?" asked Mom.

"Cried," Brianne replied. "He wouldn't have been happy until he got his milk."

"Right," said Mom. "And that's the example God wants us to follow when it comes to His Word. He wants us to be so eager for it that nothing else can satisfy us. That's one thing you can learn from watching Michael. He enjoys his food and is comforted by it and can rest again after he eats. As we read the Bible and learn more about our relationship with God, we can find comfort and rest in it, too." Sarah Zaengle

HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you as eager for the Word of God as a baby is for milk? Milk doesn’t just help babies grow—it also brings them fullness and comfort. The Bible is like that, too—it not only helps us grow in our spiritual lives, but it also satisfies us and brings us comfort and rest. Read your Bible every day, and you may soon find it’s something you can’t live without!

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 2:2 (NIV) (KJV)
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.
*Verse displayed is NKJV


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