In a lifetime of reading and writing, American author John Irving has noticed there are a greater number of “meaty” novels on best-seller lists in Europe and Canada than in the U.S. “Most Americans,” he says, “read junk.” According to Irving, Americans’ reading tastes are lazy, infantile, and “lemminglike.”
The writer to the Hebrews had a similar, unfiltered observation about his readers—they had a bad habit of not even trying to understand parts of the Bible. “Though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!” (5:12).
Craving the pure gospel milk of “Jesus loves me this I know” is not junk. It’s the foundation of our faith. But the Jewish Christians lacked spiritual drive. They were content to call their foundation a building. They failed to add the frame and brickwork of all God’s words.
Maybe we don’t even try to understand what God says regarding sexuality, the roles of men and women, Baptism, or church fellowship. Maybe we are content to stick to spiritual basics because our full days leave us too tired to chew on God’s Word.
But building spiritual muscles requires more than milkshakes. Weathering life’s hurricanes requires a foundation with walls. Resisting the lemming-urges of the world requires a heart that knows a cliff from solid ground.
This week, dig into God’s Word. Commit to a Bible class. Build on the sure foundation of Jesus’ love.