When I was growing up, we mainly ate canned vegetables and lots of fried food. So, there were a lot of foods I firmly believed I did not like. Through the years I have been pleasantly surprised to find out I liked some foods I thought I hated. Fresh baby spinach cannot really compare to canned spinach (yuck!) So how did I find out that I really did like these foods? I took a taste. I took a taste of the real, fresh item not something processed or canned. And I discovered some wonderful foods that are so much better than some of the things I normally eat. I have also felt sad that I wasted so many years I could have been enjoying these foods!
Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.”
How many of us have preconceived ideas about God from childhood or from listening to others? Some have the idea God is distant, uncaring, vengeful, or like an angry earthly father. Because of these ideas, some of us refuse to even consider God. Others have decided he does not exist. Maybe because they think if they believed he would take all the fun out of their lives or maybe they are afraid to be disappointed. God says, “Take a taste.” Try me. Some may say they did try but God let them down. But it may be like when I tried canned spinach instead of the real thing. There is no comparison. If we reach out to an idea of God that someone else has told us about or to an idea of God that we ourselves have created, then we will probably be disappointed. But if we reach out to the true, living, Holy God, we will find that he is good. So, how do I find the true God? We start by going to his Holy Word, the truth he has revealed to us. We read it for ourselves not just read what someone said about it. And as we read, we ask God with an open heart and an open mind to reveal himself to us. We also need to be willing to hear, willing to find him. In Jeremiah 29:13, God says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” In Hebrews 11:6, it is written, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” God knows our hearts. He knows when we are truly seeking him and he will answer. Sometimes, we come to him seeking something we want but not really caring about him. But God wants us to seek him first. (Matthew 6:33)
Seek God. Take a taste. He is so wonderful! He gives peace, comfort, hope and joy. Taste and see that God is truth. He is light. He has revealed himself to us through Jesus Christ. That is how much he loves us! Seek who God really is as shown in his written word. May we look into his word for ourselves to find truth. We will each answer for ourselves when we face God, not someone else, so shouldn’t we find out for ourselves what is true? I don’t want my future to depend on what someone else said or on what I imagined. I want to find it from the source. I will seek God, I will study his written word and I will know he is good.
Father, thank you that you allow us to know you! Thank you for revealing yourself to us through your written word. Please help us to seek you with our whole hearts. Help us to seek you first. You are so good LORD! We praise you and adore you!