Taste...

Keith Knight

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him.”  Psalm 34:8

Top Chef is one of my favorite television shows that I enjoy watching.  Top Chef offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level.  The series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of Top Chef.  The aspiring chefs cook a meal based off of a challenge theme and a panel of judges has the responsibility of eating and sampling this incredibility delicious food.  The judges then provide the contestants with feedback that critiques and compliments their culinary artwork.  The format of the show sets up great for the chefs and judges, but leaves the viewing audience curious and wanting more.  More of what?  A TASTE.  A TASTE of what the judges describe as exquisite and good food.

The same analogy holds true in our spiritual lives…we all want is A TASTE.  People apart from Jesus Christ are much like the viewing audience, curious and wanting to know more about the Christian life.  And as believers in Jesus Christ, we have evaluated and assessed like the judges on the show.  We have the opportunity to TASTE and see that the Lord is good!!!  And as Christians, we want everyone to TASTE His goodness…because we believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the best that life offers.  He brings hope and tremendous blessings.  It is God’s warm invitation to mankind; “Try this; I know you will like it.”

I recently read this in my own personal quiet time and I believe it accurately reflects what many of us are currently experiencing in life and the challenges each person faces on a daily basis.

“There are times in our relationship with Him when we wonder if He’s ever going to come through for us, when our current circumstances contradict our hopes for the future, when the tension between our desires and our experience is almost too much to bear.  In those times, we can hear Him say, “Do you trust Me?”  And if we can take a deep breath, let go of our intensity, and say yes, we will find Him to be trustworthy.  That’s the promise.  If we can take a heartfelt step and cast ourselves completely on Him, we will find joy.  Those who TASTE will experience the best there is.”

Lord, I cast myself on You—full and completely.  I want to let go of my anxieties, my agenda and say to trusting You.  Let me TASTE and see the depth of Your love and goodness.

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