Taste And See That The Lord Is Good
Ever notice that when you get what you want that you are still unfulfilled? Ever notice that you just keep moving from one unsatisfying thing to the next? Ever notice the joy, peace, comfort, blessing and satisfaction when you get what God wants?
When we obey God, He is responsible for the result. He guarantees that the result will bring glory to Him and blessing to us. When we disobey Him it does not glorify Him and it causes disaster for us. Faith in God is inseparable from obedience to Him.
The disobedient (Christ rejectors) cannot see the good results God produces on behalf of those with faith. If they see the good results at all they see them as bad things. They want to decide for themselves what is good or evil. They believe that anything that goes against their understanding and their desire is bad. They believe that any standard of good and evil that opposes their own is bad. They do not understand that perfect knowledge of good and evil are in a different realm than their own and that perfect knowledge is on a higher plane than the one on which they exist.
1 Corinthians 2:14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
There is a monumentally important change in the desires and the understanding of individuals who receive Jesus. The will of Jesus is available forever after to those who have received Him. There are probably hundreds of thousands of decisions and actions in which He is eager and willing to guide us. His guidance is unavailable to those who have not received Him. Sadly, those of us who have received Him don*t always want His will. We don*t always understand that it is wonderful. We don*t always understand that we need it. We don*t always understand that we can have it. We don*t always ask for it.
There is a very limited group of individuals that personally experience God*s will at all and know that it is good. They are the ones who receive Jesus Christ but how fully they experience and enjoy God*s will is in some measure up to them. Here are what I think are some helpful hints for Christians about how to enjoy the Lord*s will.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Presenting your bodies means much more than just your bodies. Albert Barnes* New Testament Commentary on Romans 12:1:
Experiencing God*s will and knowing that it is good are limited by sinful flesh. Unbelievers never experience God*s will for them or know that it is good. There is no exact formula for how much believers can personally experience His will and know that it is good. May I suggest an approximate formula?
If we present our bodies to the Lord five percent of the time, stop five percent of our worldly behavior and change five percent of our bad thoughts about God to good ones, we might understand that five percent of God*s will is good. If we present our bodies to the Lord ten percent of the time, stop ten percent of our worldly behavior and change ten percent of our bad thoughts about God to good ones, we might understand that ten percent of God*s will is good. And so on. None of us will experience perfectly in this life God*s will or know perfectly how good it is. But we can all enjoy God a whole lot more than we do. We can*t have both our own will and God*s will. His is better.
Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Care to discuss Taste And See That The Lord Is Good with Ron?