If you heard the rumblings of the apocalypse at around 6:00 p.m. last Saturday night . . . that was me.
To be more accurate, it emanated from my home after I did something shocking.
How did the world not end?
My oldest daughter has been getting better about trying new dishes and tasting before judging. Even she, though, poked at the baked potato casserole with her fork like it was an animal on the side of the road and she didn’t know if it was dead or not.
“This looks gross.” (It didn’t).
“It smells gross.” (It didn’t.)
“I don’t like it.”
In true mom fashion, I answered, “How do you know if you haven’t tried it?”
I knew better than to serve up the potato side dish to my middle girl who never ceases to yell out, “I HATE potatoes” any time a spud threatens to come near the dinner table. It’s as if after almost six years with the child I still need the constant reminder that potatoes on her plate cause the allergic reaction of a total meltdown.
Instead, I served up the barbecued chicken I’d made in my Crock Pot. “I don’t like chicken.” (She does). “I don’t like barbecue.” (She does.)
Eventually, I held up the tiniest shred of chicken on a fork and instead of biting it, she flicked out her tongue like a snake and licked the edge. Then she grimaced and, in order to be truly dramatic, she actually shivered a little like it sent chills down her spine.
Because obviously that one drive-by licking was enough to judge the meal’s quality.
After the initial posturing of resistance, finally we ate and by the end of the meal, we decided despite the protests, that it was good.
Are you willing to experience God? To do more than flick out your tongue for a Bible verse or two, a prayer in the night, a few Sundays in a pew, or a feeling of holiness during Lent?
Are you willing to give Him the chance to display His goodness through a season of difficulty and not give up on Him?
The Psalmist, filled with joy in knowing God, urged everyone around him to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
It’s like he passed around a decadent piece of chocolate cake, so wonderful, so incredibly delicious, he simply couldn’t keep it to himself.
In this Psalm, though, David was encouraging more than just licking a little bit of God off the edge of a sample fork. That’s the key to his testimony.
“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:4-8).
Tasting God means seeking the Lord, looking to Him, even when we are full of fears, poor, facing troubles, and in need of deliverance.
We can’t give up, shrug Him off, avoid Him, halfheartedly try Him out, or put Him in a box of limitations and expectations. We have to let God be God. Then we’ll see how good He is.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:2-3, NIV).
Tasting His goodness stirs up our God appetite. The more you read God’s Word, the more you’ll hunger and thirst for His Word. The more you worship Him, the more you’ll long to worship Him.
Then, knowing how good God is, we just can’t keep Him to ourselves. Just like the Psalmist, we’ll want to pass around the chocolate cake! It will be our great testimony, even to skeptics and doubters. “Look what God did for me! He is so good. You have to taste and see.”
That’s exactly what Philip said to Nathaniel after discovering Jesus, the man he thought was the long-awaited Messiah. Philip ran to Nathaniel and exclaimed, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45).
Nathaniel was dubious and asked the skeptic’s question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth.”
Philip’s answer was simple: “Come and see” (John 1:46).
If you’ve been refusing to really taste God’s goodness and reluctant to really try a relationship with Him, please seek Him.
If you’ve sunk your teeth into a relationship with Him and discovered His goodness, don’t push Him aside when difficulties arise. Allow Him to display His goodness at all times.
If you’ve grown to love the goodness of God in your life, then feed the appetite for His presence and His Word.
Then, pass the cake to another. Live your life so that others will want to experience a relationship with Him and taste His goodness for themselves.
As much as my kids balked at first, these recipes really were delicious and the chicken was super easy to make in my Crock Pot! Here are the links:
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. Her upcoming book, Ask Me Anything, Lord: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Questions, will be released in the Fall of 2013! To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.
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