This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us scripture and a short devotion to encourage us.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8
Like many children, my four year old grandson won’t eat vegetables. In his eyes they are yucky. He may shake his head, clench his lips together, and even cry. But he is bound and determined that he is not going to allow that stuff to enter his mouth.
I have written several children’s books. The topic of one of my series of books is vegetables. In these books the mother lovingly encourages the child to take a bite of the vegetable before making his or her final judgment. The child does whatever is necessary to prevent himself from committing the awful act of eating the veggie. He determines that as bad as it looks, it surely can’t be good for him. The amazing thing is once the child tastes the veggie that is on his plate, he realizes that it is surprisingly good.
Wonder if I said adults are no different than children. So many people have the wrong impression of what it is like to be a Christ follower. They believe the Christian life is boring and too difficult to achieve. I admit that I used to feel the same way.
David encourages us to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” If you believe the way I used to believe, then you are not tasting. So how can you taste? Read God’s Word daily, talk to him daily, trust him to guide you daily, and allow him to be a part of every facet of your life no matter how big or small. Once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, he is your lifelong companion. You can’t ignore your earthly companion and have an intimate relationship with him or her. So why would you think that you can ignore God and have an intimate relationship with him?
The things of this world are disappointing. People are searching for something to satisfy their spiritual hunger, yet they don’t even know what they are doing or why they are doing it. All they know is every experience ends up unsatisfying, and they continue their search. They are spiritually starving to death.
I have been sick for a couple weeks, and green leafy vegetables and fruits are what I crave. Obviously, my body knows what I need to begin the healing process. There are vitamins and minerals in the vegetables and fruits that I need, and my body is begging for me to provide those nutrients.
It is the same with my soul. Before I had an intimate relationship with Christ, my soul was sick and it needed nutritious spiritual food to begin the healing process. But if I didn’t eat the right spiritual food, my soul was not going to get the healing it needed. Since I gave my heart to the Lord when I was a young girl, I believe that I was a Christian. Therefore, I was not spiritually dead, but I was definitely spiritually sick. To me life had very little meaning and purpose. It was only when I started feeding my soul nutritious food that I learned to love life.
I challenge you to read and study your Bible, pray throughout the day, and listen to only Christian music on a daily basis for thirty days. Make sure you are fellowshipping with other followers of Christ at church. I believe if you do this, you will begin to taste his sweet love. It is so refreshing; not like any other love you have ever experienced. Taste it; savor it. It is delightful, wonderful and bursting with flavor. Your love for him will grow deeper. You will crave more of him and less of the world. An intimate relationship with Christ will give you the nutrients your soul needs to stay healthy and vibrant. God does not want his children to live a boring life. He wants us to love life and to enjoy all that he has given us. If you surrender your all to him and taste his pure love, you will see that he is truly good.
God bless you.