Taste and See

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  – Psalm 34:8

When Tonya and I were dating, I only ate ketchup on pretty much everything.  I was 24 years old and wouldn’t even try any other sauces.  Chili’s was our favorite restaurant for a spell (I asked her to marry me after a date at Chili’s).  We both really liked Chicken Crispers.  She would eat them with honey mustard, and I would eat them with ketchup.  One day, she just said, “try it.”  I acted like a 4-year old having to eat veggies for a bit, but then I tried it.  I think I could have drunk it straight up.  I could not believe I had never tried it before.  To this day, even though we rarely eat there, Chili’s has the best honey mustard.  All I had to do was taste it.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first time I was in a church service and the Spirit of God was just moving like crazy.  Absolutely everyone seemed to be in on this amazing experience but me.  I got home and hit my knees, “Lord, whatever they have . . . I want in on it.”  I didn’t want to watch others enjoy His Presence; I wanted the Presence for myself.  Sure enough, within a couple of weeks, I got in on it.  To this day, it is the greatest treasure I continue to seek.  When you really find God, when you really taste and see that He is good, then everything else life offers pales in comparison.  There is simply no one and no thing like Him.

Real Christianity, at first, is the most unnatural thing in the world.  I mean, nobody wants to give up the sin that they enjoy, or the lifestyle that seems to work for them.  I enjoyed playing and listening to music that did not honor God.  I enjoyed being immoral, even after hurting a lot of people in the process.  I enjoyed partying, cussing, telling lies, and simply living for me, myself, and I.  That came natural to me.  God’s call was clear:  “Walk away from all that, and put your trust in me.”

“Taste and see that I’m good.”

It took a few years to answer that call, but I finally did it.  I won’t say that I didn’t have regrets for a few years after answering that call, because every once in a while, I would. When I saw my old friends living it up, I thought God was ripping me off big time.  There was and occasionally still is, a voice that tries to convince me that He just isn’t worth it.  But now, right now, I can’t thank Him enough and I love Him so much.  The relationship I have with Him, the wife I have, the children I have, the church I have, the job I have, and basically the life I have right now, I simply would not have had I never gotten that first taste of His Presence.

Thank You, Lord for giving me a taste.

 

You are so good.

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  – Psalm 34:8

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Adam

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About wednesdaymorningdevotional

I am currently the pastor of Lifeline Community Church in Fair Play, South Carolina. I also teach mathematics to middle schoolers. I have been publishing devotionals every Wednesday morning for about 7 years now. If you would like to listen to any of my actual sermons, visit www.lifelinecc.com.
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