Happy Monday. “O taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalms 34:8a
This morning as I was having my first cup of hot, aromatic coffee along with my favorite meal, breakfast, I was glad that I have a good appetite! Plus, my taste buds are still good. Not everyone is so blessed, unfortunately.
If the question were asked, “What is your favorite meal or food?” we would give many different answers. We might reply, “Yuck.”
My mother was a good cook and I grew up liking all foods. One vegetable in particular is rutabaga, not a usual favorite. The last time I purchased it, the clerk asked, “What are these? How do you use them?” Poor guy! I tried to tell him why all but two or three of my family members request that we have it at any large family meal.
Now rutabaga is an acquired taste. But if you think about it, all foods that have become part of our food choices we learned to enjoy.
I believe love for God and His Word is an acquired taste. Too many who are really born again depend on a pastor, a radio program, etc. to “feed” them.
Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Then why are we feeling lack? Because we aren’t eating regularly maybe?
Our appetites become dulled with the business of life—electronic devices ever with us, cell phones, etc. And we become malnourished.
1 Peter 2:2-3 gives a “recipe” for growing spiritually:
- We must desire God’s Word like an infant cries for the milk he needs.
- We must take the time to meditate and taste how gracious our Lord is. Then we will want to spend more time with the One who said, “I am the bread of Life.”
His bread is always fresh. The longer I live, the more I study the scripture, the more exciting and “new” it is. Just think: God speaks to us in His Word.
The prophet Jeremiah was called to a difficult job—to preach to the Israelites about their coming captivity. He didn’t “sugar coat” the approaching judgment.
He wasn’t popular to say the least! Life was hard!
How did he remain faithful to his duty?
This “weeping prophet,” as he was called, said, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart…” Jeremiah 15:16
He feasted and digested the goodness of God in the midst of trouble. His weeping turned to joy.
What power is in the time spent with God and His Word.
Should we set aside time again to “taste” the goodness of God? If we fail to plan, we plan to fail!
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalms 119:103