“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 NIV
The good life is found in God. You can never know if something is good or not unless you taste it. Something may look good, but when you actually taste it, not so much. When I was in elementary school I was playing at a friend’s house. She gave me a piece of apple pie that looked delicious, but she had added salt to it as a prank. The pie looked good, but when I bit into it unpleasantness filled my mouth. What looked good tasted awful. In order to taste it, I had to try it. If we’re going to know how good life with God is, we have to try. We have to take a taste and see that He is good.
How do we taste the Lord? We put His word into practice. Opening the Bible to read it can seem like a daunting task. Understanding what it says can seem impossible. But it’s not. My favorite book to read is Proverbs. The practical tips for life are easy to understand and apply to life. Others recommend the book of John as a good starting place to read. Youversion is a free Bible app that has Bible reading plans you can apply to any area of your life. Enlist a friend to read with you. Find a way to take a taste, God will do the rest.
Find a way to take a taste, God will do the rest.
Google searches are a great way to get a specific taste of God’s word quickly. For instance, I just googled, “scripture on forgiveness.” Immediately this appeared on my screen: “Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Matthew 6:12 – From the Lord’s Prayer – “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” From these scriptures there is an immediate next step we can take to taste the good life. We are to forgive like the Lord forgave us. How did God forgive us? Completely and unconditionally. How are we to forgive others? Completely and unconditionally. A quick Google search gives us a next step, a way to taste the Lord. When we taste of His goodness, we find the good life.
Whatever you’re dealing with, God has an answer. He wants you to taste and see He is good. He wants you to have a good life in Him (John 10:10). Start small, just take a nibble, before long you’ll find yourself feasting on His goodness. When you take a taste of God, you’ll find His peace, His provision, His presence in your life. When you have those, you truly have found a taste of the good life.
Question of the Day:
What’s one way you can take a taste of God today?
Reading: Exodus 35:10-36:38 NIV, Matthew 27:32-66 NIV, Psalm 34:1-10 NIV, Proverbs 9:7-8 NIV