Psalm 34:8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Let me briefly encourage you today, to taste of the Lord’s goodness. Do not be deceived by the candies and cookies of this world. The sugars that are so sweet to the taste buds. When used by the enemy to destroy you, those things will taste wonderful at the first bite, but will break down the very nutrients that you need to live. And when you continue to eat of its fruit, your taste will surely become bitter as the rotten core will be exposed for what it is. Inspect the fruit first. Again, I encourage you for your own health to pause and take a good long look at the fruit, inspect it before you take a bite (remember Eve, and don’t just stop with her, remember Adam).
But even in their sin, the Lord IS good. He had given them many things to taste in the garden. And they had them right at their fingertips, but sin removed them. BUT God who is rich in mercy, came in and redeemed mankind. They were the first to taste the “richness” of God.
As you turn from the goodies that the world offers you, you will begin to have a keen sense of taste for the richness of God. You will begin to feast. Your spiritual taste buds will change, and those things that are offered from the world will become bitter to the buds.
If things begin to taste bitter to you … It just might be that the taste buds are changing.
I myself have experienced that I am hungry all the time. I want to eat (graze) everything that I see that looks good. Things that I used to be able to eat, I can no longer digest. I wanted an apple turn over yesterday, and after eating it I was nauseated. But on the flip side, I have also began to crave things that I know are good for me … I also wanted beets for supper last night. And they were so good. Good to my taste buds and good for my body … So go ahead …
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8
While I have quick moment I just wanted to encourage so many of those who encourage me. So for this post I want to post a scripture sent to me by Patsy Wilson. Patsy thank you for reminding us of the strength of God in our time of need.
1 Peter 5
10 But God shows undeserved kindness to everyone. That’s why he appointed Christ Jesus to choose you to share in his eternal glory. You will suffer for a while, but God will make you complete, steady, strong, and firm. 11 God will be in control forever! Amen.
Job 38: 1 From out of a storm, the Lord said to Job: (CEV)
This morning I was honestly glad that I was coming to the end of the book of Job. If you have read it …. You know why. Everybody has had their say about Job, well meaning friends have counseled and even Job himself has lamented … and it goes on, and on, and on. But then we get to this scripture (verse 1). From out of the storm … Above all the noises that sound like lightening cracking and thunder rolling… The Lord speaks.
You know that sometimes we want the Lord to answer us, but if its louder than the sound of a storm, I know I would be fearful. That’s loud! And what will he say? How will he answer the dilemma of Job’s troubles? Well, here you see what He says…
Job 38: 2 Why do you talk so much when you know so little? (CEV)
So I can’t help but laugh just a little bit, because that about sums it up. His ways are higher than our ways. In the world we live in where everybody is an expert, I think the Lord was very clear…we know very little. And I will spare you the rest of what the Lord has to say, but he wasn’t finished talking to Job. He was just getting started.
I guess my point is this, we will never have things figured out in life. We can try an analyze our situation from all angles, but God knows all and sees all. I shake my head every day because I have more information than I know what to do with in this world … But I am never, never without the need of the all knowing God in my life. I need Him. (Enough said)
I was reading a new version (ERV) of this bible passage and it stated
(Philippians 4:7) And because you belong to Christ Jesus…
If I stopped right there, I would have said enough, because those words alone tell a story.
Because you belong to Christ Jesus …
Your sins are forgiven,
Your name is written in the Book of Life,
Your eternal home is heaven,
And while you live here on earth
Your comforter and helper is the Holy Spirit,
And your Father God watches over you.
But that’s my version. And since I am not here to change the Bible, the rest of the Holy Scriptures reads …
(Phil 4:7 continued). “God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. His peace can do this far better than our human minds.” ERV
Another version states it this way “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” NIV
I’m not sure about you, but I need the peace of God. I need a sign on the doorpost of my mind that reads ‘peace be still’ to all the thoughts, fears, and worries of the day. I need a Savior that isn’t found in the whirling wind on the mountaintop, nor the thunderous roar of the ocean deep, but He is found in a still small voice that speaks – Peace!
I need Jesus.
my peace speaker.
my storm stopper.
my defender by day.
my watchman by night.
the bright morning star.
the sun at noon.
the still breeze in the evening.
peace in prosperity.
peace in pain.
the one and the only.
There is no other.
So when He said “I AM”,
He meant it.
James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…
This is a tough passage to digest (Gulp!). If this passage were served as a meal on a plate, there would be no house salad with dressing, no rolls with butter, and no tasty appetizers. Just the meat! James goes straight to serving the main entrée.
It’s not easy sometimes to follow the scripture. It’s not fun to try and do the right thing. It’s not a simple task to be a “doer” of the Word and not just a “hearer”. It’s not popular to follow a different formula for success than what our society offers us.
But when you add into the formula of your life,
the Word of God,
made flesh through Jesus Christ,
who was born of a virgin,
who chose to be crucified on the cross,
who was buried in a tomb,
who is now resurrected to the throne above,
who is seated beside the Father,
who makes intercession on your behalf,
despite the circumstances around you,
deep down inside of you, there is…
Joy unspeakable and full of glory…
(1 Peter 1:8)
hold on … help is on the way!
(An angel speaks to Daniel) Daniel 10:12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me …
The scripture reading for today is found in Job. I can honestly say if Job were not a book in the bible, it would probably not be a book that I would buy off the shelf to read. To put it mildly, Job had an unusual rough season in his life (and for a good portion of the time Job was suffering, God was silent). Oh, don’t mistaken God’s silence in this story as a sign that God was not present and listening. God is very present and listening. But Job wasn’t ‘happy’ with God’s silence. So Job grumbled, particularly about his pain (and at this point, who could blame him?). For instance in this passage Job is saying to God …
Job 13: 23 Please point out my sins, so I will know them. 24 Why have you turned your back and count me your enemy? (CEV)
First: Job wanted to know what his sins were. (WHAT?!?!?). I found that particular prayer odd. Why? Because it takes a lot of courage to ask God to point out our “sins”. So I will stop right here with this … Jesus Christ has already made provision for any and all sin in our lives. We can ask for forgiveness and the work is DONE.
Second: Job wanted to know why God had become his enemy. And a good point to make here is … Job was wrong! Just because he was living in a season of great distress and suffering, and God was quiet, his circumstances were no indication that God had become the enemy. Job’s suffering made him question whether God was for him or against him. But the truth was God was pulling for him all the time.
I can’t help but skip ahead in the story, because I have already read the end, and God comes through. There are times when circumstances are screaming louder than God, but He is ever present, ever listening and He knows! He is pulling for us.
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.