“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” – Psalms 34:8 (NLT)
Have you ever walked into one of those ice cream parlors that have dozens and dozens of flavors of ice cream? I always feel so pathetic as I step up to place my order because usually I choose vanilla or chocolate, or if I am really feeling crazy I might get chocolate with some almonds crushed up in it.
One day, I was with a friend who ordered some ice cream flavored like strawberry shortcake and he had them mix some gummy worms in it. As I watched him eat this frozen concoction, I asked him, “How in the world can you eat that?” He asked me if I had ever tried it to which I replied no. Then he said to me, “Then how do you know if it’s good or not?”
The Lord our God is a good God and always wants good things for us (Romans 8:28). The Bible is filled with wonderful promises that God has made to us, and because of Jesus all God’s promises that lead to this good life are attainable (2 Corinthians 1:20).
If God’s promises are real and true, then why do so many Christians live such apathetic and powerless lives? For some Christians, they don’t take time to know God’s promises. Being ignorant of God’s good promises will surely keep you from experiencing the “good life.” But for many Christians, it’s not a lack of knowledge but a lack of obedience. Just as looking at an ice cream cone will not allow you to experience its goodness, the same is true with the promises of God. Just looking at them won’t allow you to experience the good life; you have to “taste them.”
We taste the promises of God by obedience to and faith in the promises of God. Most of the promises of God are “if/then.” God says IF we will do something a certain way, THEN the good thing will be experienced. Some might look at it as if God loves us “conditionally,” but in reality He is just speaking truth to us. The truth of gravity says that if you jump out of a tall tree you will fall until you hit the ground. Hitting the ground is not a punishment; it is the reality of what will happen. Most of God’s promises work the same way…
- If we confess our sin, He will forgive. (1 John 1:9)
- If we call, He will answer (Jeremiah 33:3)
- If we use harsh words, we will make people angry (Proverbs 15:1)
- What we “sow” (good or bad) with our lifestyle, we will “reap” (Galatians 6:7-9)
The Bible is filled with promises that by tasting through faith and obedience will allow us to experience a life that is exceedingly, abundantly beyond anything we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Those whose lips are sticky from them, are the most joyful people in the world!
Life is short. Has God revealed something He wants you to stop or start doing that He promises to bless your obedience in? Taste and see that what He wants really is good.