Have you ever been to one of those fancy restaurants where the waiter walks up to your table with a dessert tray? There are usually a couple fruity things like Key Lime Pie or Apple Pie a la mode. And don’t forget those gooey flans and mile-high chocolate cakes. It is hard to look at that tray and not think “That sure does look good.” But usually I am already stuffed or pretending to watch my weight, so I say “No thanks” to the dessert tray.
Then do you know what happens? The table next to me orders up the EXACT dessert I wanted and I watch them eat MY dessert. As I watch their distorted facial expressions while they eat, everyone can tell that the sweet treat was really good. If someone the next day asks me about the restaurant’s desserts, I would tell them how great the desserts were… but what is the truth? I don’t really know how good it was because I only saw the desserts- I never actually tasted them.
Similarly, there are times when we are tempted to live life only seeing the goodness of the Lord and not actually tasting it. Tasting God’s goodness is a good idea because Psalm 34:8 says “Taste and see that the LORD is good.” So what’s the difference between tasting and seeing the Lord’s goodness? Well, you can see the goodness of the Lord in the lives of people around you. You see their stories of how God used them to do something they never believed they could do and the result? They have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. Seeing other people’s faith grow will build your faith but like watching the people next to you eat your dessert, seeing is not the same as tasting.
Maybe it’s time to push your faith beyond only seeing God’s goodness in other people’s lives and to begin tasting the goodness of the Lord in your own. Tasting the goodness of the Lord comes from stepping out in faith and the first step in that is prayer. Your prayers may sound like this:
- Lord, I know this guy at work needs to know more about you. Give me an opening to share more about you.
- Lord, I’m not praying like I should. Please give me a hunger to pray to you more.
- Lord, there’s a Bible study that meets every week that I’m going to sign up for. I have no idea how I am going to find the time so please show me the way to complete this study.
- Lord, there’s a 5K run for an important cause that I signed up for. Help me to find the sponsors and to get in shape so I can complete it.
Each of these prayers are filled with the need to step out in faith. I know stepping out is not easy and the Lord knows it’s not easy, too. That’s why the rest of Psalm 34:8 says “blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” Jesus wants you to come and taste His goodness and when you do, He will be your refuge, your fortress, your rock. I don’t know about you, but I think that will certainly taste GOOD!