Taste and See
I am a self-diagnosed foodie. Not in the trendy, Instagram way, but definitely in the “see it, buy it, cook it for my friends” way. Yes, I am "that person" that forces a fork on you saying "You have got to try this,” without giving any opportunity for rebuttal. My only defense is that when I encounter something good, I want other people to share in the goodness with me. I do not want anyone to miss out on what I consider wonderful things. I am as delighted to cook something delicious for someone else as I am to eat it myself, because I have on some other occasion tasted that it is good, sometimes even great!
Recently when reading I Peter 2, a phrase in verse 3 jumped off of the page at me,
“...if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord."
I must have been reading on autopilot because it was as if I had suddenly been awakened or perhaps that I was suddenly reading in a language I understood. In fact, I HAVE tasted the kindness of the Lord. He has spared me in moments of danger or carelessness. He has comforted me in the depths of grief. He has delighted me with His magnificent creation. So very often, I have tasted His kindness and known His goodness. I backed up to read what was before the “if."
"Therefore putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the spiritual milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” (1 Peter 2:1-2)
If we are in Christ, then we have tasted the kindness of the Lord and what an incredible kindness it is, that He would sacrifice His own life for our sins. We are engulfed in His great gift of grace, but rather than have us be satisfied, we are to crave Him and His Word all the more. He will continue to give of Himself in abundance. We are to clear out and cast away all that is bad and impure that we may be properly nourished. Malice and deceit and hypocrisy and slander sullies the taste of the pure milk of God's Word.
We have tasted His pure kindness and it is so very good. We must share His goodness with others; He is infinitely worth making known.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34:8)