“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!”
Psalms 34:8 NASB
We are turning to so many things these days, as we attempt to deal with all the stressors that have affected our lives. I have read that many people are drinking as never before. As the country has opened up, people have flocked to bars to such a degree that the first wave of the pandemic has begun to spike.
I have found that there is no real satisfaction in the distractions of the world. I remember dabbling in drink in my younger days. There were so many bad mornings with hangovers and regrets. All I had for my trouble was fried brains cells and spent money.
I have been reading through Ecclesiastes this week and I am looking at all the great experiential wisdom that Solomon brought to us through his writing. He had gotten the best of everything, and found that it was all emptiness.
It took many years for me to come to the point where I could begin to consider the things of God. I had reached the bottom of the high life, and the height of despair. I thank God that He had the mercy to send people into my life to show me that there was something else.
It all started with my profession of faith on Easter Sunday 1998. I remember the immediate change and how the pain in my soul began to ease. I remember the satisfaction as God began to change my life from the inside out. He made the things I had settled for in the past, fade by comparison to the glories of His word and fellowship with His people.
I tasted and I saw that the Lord was good.
Over the last couple of decades I have seen the faithfulness of God when my world was falling apart. I have been moved to go out and tell others of my great God. I have had conversations with many people over the years. Often they had a desire to seek the Lord, but were fearful. They had gotten to the point where they were like I was: settling for a mere shadow of the goodness of Jesus. Many did not want to make that move, of asking Jesus to forgive their sins, of yielding will over to Him, and seeing life changed.
It is easy to become comfortable with the pain of sin. It takes courage to make a change. Once one does take the plunge, it is the most wonderful thing imaginable. I remember my first thought was, “why didn’t I do this sooner!” I can’t imagine what my life could have been like had I surrendered earlier.
Beloved, don’t neglect the great salvation you have through Jesus. It is like the best meal in the world placed before you. You may smell it, but the proof is in tasting it. I urge you to dig in and find the great satisfaction that comes. There is nothing in this world that compares.
We are living in a world full of people searching for that satisfaction and not finding it. Let us go into the world with the wonderful meal of grace smeared all our mouths as we gorge ourselves on His abundant grace!
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