You’d understand that a man whose earliest memories recall Scandinavian potlucks in the church basement eating Swedish meatballs, hard rolls and cheese … who still remembers names and locations of favorite restaurants in places he hasn’t lived in three decades … who has been on a perpetual diet since 1980, would find great solace in Psalm 34:7 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” NLT
To be encouraged to try something you have never eaten before can be a wonderful experience or a horrific gastronomical encounter … depending on who it is who is recommending the sample.
God only offers that which is good. He knows what we need and how much of it is appropriate at any time. He is big into spiritual nutrition because He understands what lies ahead of us. He desires us to be lean and prepared, not weak and lethargic.
He invites us to sample what comes from his table. He continues his invitation with this observation: “Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.” Psalm 34:10 NLT
We have a Father who isn’t into ‘bait and switch’ tactics. He never offers what He can’t provide. When you show up with ad in hand you are not offered less than was advertised. We are invited to check out the offer and verify his integrity and performance in our lives.
There is a spiritual hunger in every person whether they consider themselves spiritual or not. We cannot rid ourselves of this hunger. For those who choose to distance themselves from God’s challenge and to ignore his goodness, the table is still there and they won’t be forced to take from it. But they may never know what they missed in this the greatest ‘taste test’ of all time.
Notice additional invitations:
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” Matthew 7:11 NLT
“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.” Isaiah 55:2 NLT
This week quit thinking about meatballs and diets. Turn your attention to the food that satisfies spiritual hunger. When tempted by Satan to satisfy spiritual hunger with physical bread Jesus said, “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4 NLT
And what comes from his mouth is found in his Word. Read it, digest it and be nourished by it.