When I was growing up, we ate a lot of canned vegetables and fried foods. There were a lot of foods I firmly believed I didn’t like. Through the years I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find out I like some foods I thought I hated.
How’d I find out I do like these foods?
I took a taste.
Fresh baby spinach cannot compare to canned spinach (yuck)!
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 would normally eat. I feel sad I wasted so many years I could’ve been enjoying these foods!
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 (NIV)
Many 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 refuse to even consider God. Others have decided He does not exist or think if they believed, He would take all the fun out of their lives.
God says, “Take a taste.”
Some 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’s 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’ll be disappointed. But if we reach out to the true, living, Holy God, we’ll find that He is good.
How do we find the true God?
We start by going to His Holy Word, the truth He’s revealed to us.
We read it for ourselves not just reading what someone said about it.
As we read, we ask God, with an open heart and 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’s 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 seeking him and He will answer. Sometimes, we come to him seeking something we want but not really caring about Him. God wants us to seek him first. (Matthew 6:33)
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’s how much he loves us! We need to seek who God 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, shouldn’t we find out 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’re so good LORD! We praise you and adore you!