Taste the Lord
by Randy Chambers, 2016-03-23
Proverbs 20:17, NIV: Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man,
but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel.
Many of us have been approached in a supermarket by someone conducting a taste
test. They want us to test two or more products and then respond by telling them
which product was the one that we liked the best. It’s sometimes hard to
distinguish one product from another if the products are extremely similar. But
there are other times when we might be offered something that we like against
something we do not really care for. In Psalm 34:8, David encourages us to,
"Taste and see that the LORD is good.” If we held a taste test between item "a"
(The Lord), and item "b" (the world), which do you think would win? Consider the
tasters in the test. They may be people who have been enjoying item "b" for all
their lives. Many have not tasted item "a" at all. But, an accurate account of a
new taste cannot be discovered while the old one lingers in your mouth. That is
why it is necessary to turn away from the things we have tasted all our lives as
we come to God. We cannot get a true representation of God's person while we
cling to those things of the earth that tickle our taste buds.