Have you ever noticed how that most little kids, if left to themselves, would eat sweets and Cheetos for every meal? There are some freaks of nature who are exceptions to this rule. But not in our household. A kid allowed to regularly splurge on junk will often lose any taste for food that truly nourishes.
In the last couple of posts I have been talking about the importance of spiritual discovery. We need our spiritual and moral eyes opened to truth, or else we will just keep plodding along being satisfied with the lies.
One of the ways that we can aid this eye-opening process is by intentionally tasting the things of God. Listen to the psalmist:
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! (Psalm 34:8)
The main reason people prefer to go on sinning is because they have never actually tasted the superior pleasures of knowing and serving God. Spiritual sight is intimately linked to spiritual taste. That is, I can rarely see what I have not tasted. I don’t know what I don’t know. But I might think I do. This immediately reminds me of the amazing metaphor that the Apostle Peter uses:
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. (1 Peter 2:2-3)
Babies are created with an ability to taste and see. But it’s not until the mother’s milk touches the baby’s palate that the sweetness registers and the hunger is directed motherward! The baby comes into the world hungry…but with no experience or idea for what!
But let that little one taste her mother’s milk and then she knows. The taste itself has the power to create the new appetite! Read the last sentence again. Because I think this gets to the psalmist’s idea: Taste and see that the Lord is good.
God and His promises are like this. As we encounter Him in His glorious character and presence, and hear His words, something supernatural happens. His word is living and active. His word satisfies like nothing else. But this is not dead letter on dusty pages. This is the Word of God that is communicated to us by God Himself. Yes, the Bible is the medium through which this process usually happens – and I should add, authoritatively happens.
The first step to spiritual discovery is spiritual tasting. We have to open our mouths, so to speak. We have to open our hearts and open our Bibles, and like a little baby cry out to God for the “pure spiritual milk of the word.”
Beloved, when you open your Bible, do you approach it like any old book? Do you open and begin to read it, depending upon your own brain alone? Or do you deeply cry out to God for spiritual taste and spiritual insight?
I am told that when mother’s hear their nursing babies cry out in hunger, that it often stimulates the let-down of milk from her breasts. Oh please think on this for a moment! There is something in the heart of the mother that responds to the hunger of the baby…in a very real and nourishing way.
How much more does your loving God in heaven respond to those who cry to Him day and night for spiritual nourishment! This is how the promises of God become great and precious to us: through tasting and seeing that He is good!
I encourage you to cry out to God today:
“Father in heaven, Your word is more precious than silver and costly than gold. In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And Lord Jesus, you have become to me wisdom from God, and righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. Bread of Heaven, feed me, feed me, feed me. Heaven and earth have nothing that I desire in comparison to You. Spirit of the living God, make known to me the fullness of Thy salvation. Speak to me Lord, for your servant is hungry and listening. Thank you in advance, my God! For Christ’s sake, amen.”