Taste & See

Coffee cup and beans on a white background.I enjoy eating food. I enjoy something that tastes great. My wife made some excellent home-made ice cream last week. I went to Jekyll Island for a REALTOR conference and tasted some great food as well. Just this morning, I borrowed a percolator pot to make some fresh ground coffee –going for the best taste. I’ve also eaten things that didn’t taste great, but they were for my nutrition. My body needs food and the nutrients found inside.

Peter writes some simple but important instructions regarding the Word of God. He uses the metaphor of it being food. He quotes from Isaiah the chapter before and then offers some great instruction. Check this out…

The grass withers, the flowers fade,
but the word of our God remains forever.” (Isaiah 40:8 CSB)

1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-3 CSB)

I remember the first time I looked a guacamole. It looked putrid and disgusting to me. My wife coached me to try it with a corn chip and I was hooked. I didn’t normally eat anything that looked like that. I believe that Peter is touching two of our senses – our sight and taste.

I believe in God because I’ve seen Him do incredible things. I’ve seen things where there is no explanation except Lord. I’ve also experienced His grace first hand. I deserved punishment and severe consequences, but instead I received grace. I understand that these were subjective experiences, but they are real and significant to my journey with the Lord.

I think tasting and seeing are intricately related. Seeing with my eyes helps the tasting part for me. I have watched others who know the Lord and walk with Him. I’m standing on the shoulders of some great people of faith who cut the path before me. They tasted and experienced His Presence in their lives. They saw the action of the Lord. I want to do good because I’ve tasted and seen up close and personal. I’m motivated to live for Him because I’ve experienced Him first hand. I long for others to know the Lord as I know Him. He has changed everything about my life – my hopes, my dreams, my goals. There is not one area of my life that He hasn’t touched.  I want to keep growing up into salvation by walking daily with Him in His Word.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Taste Test

Meat Collection over WhiteWe have an event on the square in Carrollton, GA known as the “Taste of Carrollton” where local restaurants cook a sampling of food from their menu and participants get to sample or test the food. When I go to a restaurant, I usually get something that I know is good, either from a previous visit or if chicken in involved. (I have a theory about cooking chicken – it’s hard to mess it up!) I know what I like when I taste it. If it’s really good, I might want to “taste test” it more often. I also like the smell of food and that is usually a good indication if it will taste good.

I wish more people would “taste test” the Lord. Check this out….

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good;

    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the Lord, you his holy people,

    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,

    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. (Psalm 34:8-10 NIV)

 

I think it would be great if people would actually try putting their faith in the Lord. I’ve had my feet “under His table” and He is so very good to me. He is my closest Friend. He is my most consistent Confidant. He is my closest Counselor. I do trust in Him. I enjoy walking with Him and learning more about Him. He speaks to my heart from His Word and through the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I have tasted the Presence of God and I want to put my trust in Him – the maker of Heaven and Earth. He is so good to me.

He is faithful to me.

He keeps me safe.

He blesses my life.

[If you’re reading this and don’t know Him – start reading the gospel of John and the Psalms. John introduces Jesus and the Psalms give me a great picture of God. I also would encourage you to find a good bible teaching/believing church family to connect with and walk out your faith.]

Pressing On!
Dwayne