Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, February 8, 2017
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalms 34:8).
I remember touring a beautiful island just off the coast of Honduras many years ago. One of the guided tours took us to a beautiful garden. This was not just any garden. It was profuse with the aromas of many flowering and medicinal plants. Some of them towered over us like large trees. Amongst them were many fruit bearing trees. It was quite an enjoyable experience. Part of the garden tour included a naturalist guide who shared, in detail, the uses of these beautiful bounties. After finishing the learning portion, the guide told us to sit in a circle. In the center, on top of a small table, she had prepared a fruit-tasting feast on banana leaves. As others tasted the fruit rich with color and overflowing with natural juices, it was difficult to concentrate while waiting your turn. Everyone was pleased. We could not help but share what we had already tasted for ourselves.
Living the Christian life is much the same way. God prepares a table before us and begins sharing His generous bounties. In fact, that is what He meant when He gave His message to the church of Laodicea. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). The Greek rendering of Jesus supping with those who respond to Him, suggests that He would bring dinner. The Lord is the one who prepares the table before His receptive children and sets before us bounties untold. As we partake, we cannot help but share our experience with others. We want everyone to know the joy and rich experience that we have with Him. We are not satisfied with merely enjoying God for ourselves.
As you go through the day, invest time to enjoy the Lord. When you do so, you will invariably invite others to do the same. Through your testimony and kind invitation, you will be saying, “Taste and see, that the Lord is good.” And He is…good!