Taste And See

Psalms 34:8: O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

If we are wise we will taste two things. We will taste that the Lord is good and we will taste that we are blessed when we trust Him.

Job 5:17: Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:

Proverbs 3:12: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.

Psalms 16:11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

I shall share with you some excerpts from a devotional written by Evangelist Wil Rice entitled You Are as Close to God as You Want To Be.

Taste is a funny thing. Not everyone likes the same thing. Why would there be differences in taste? Honey is always sweet. Vinegar is always sour. Lemons are always bitter. Everyone tastes those things in the same way, yet not everyone likes those things equally. In fact, for many things that would include those ingredients, the taste for them must be cultivated.

What kind of tastes are you cultivating in your life today? This is not just about tastes for soda, music, books, or others things. It is a question of what it is for which you have a real appetite? Jesus said in Matthew 5:6, *Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.* I am filled with that for which I have an appetite.

James says, *Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.* No matter how removed you may feel from God, God loves you, and you are as close to God as you want to be. That may sound cruel because there is an ebb and flow to life. Maybe you feel like your relationship with God is out of your hands. However, God is immutable, and He, amazingly, always wants fellowship with mere mortals like us.

When I say that you are as close to God as you want to be, can you even control what you want? Most of us think that we can*t. It is like trying to control your emotions. It is like my saying, *You must love Verners ginger ale.* How can you control your emotions and what you want? That is a valid question. Part of the answer is that, in large part, we cultivate our appetites.

There are things that we don*t naturally like for which we have cultivated a taste, and there are things that we might naturally like that we have intentionally curbed. I think about exercise. Does anyone enjoy running five miles a day? Yes, there are people who love doing such things. I do not know that that kind of exercise is a naturally, intrinsically pleasurable thing, but there are people who love running long distances because they have cultivated the taste for it.

Let*s take that from the mundane to the sublime. Our love for God and righteousness is something for which we have an appetite as we cultivate it. You need God. God loves you, and you cultivate your love for Him as you make the right choices. The real question is, *What are you doing to cultivate a hunger and thirst for righteousness and for the God Who is the source of such things?*

Are you cultivating a love for the Bible? Are you reading it? Are you cultivating the turning of your desires, ambitions, and worries over to God in prayer? Are you cultivating an awareness of God*s presence in your life? Life is largely a matter of the tastes we cultivate and the things with which we fill our lives. Jesus says, *Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.*

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