Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 NIV
Life is good! The Lord has blessed us with another wonderful, bright sunshine-filled day!!! Our needs are being met, our desires are being fulfilled; how can we not see that it is God!!! Then BAM out of nowhere, life takes a turn. Your spouse comes home to announce he has been let go from his job. You get a letter in the mail announcing your retirement fund has been deflated to a zero balance. The routine visit to your doctor turns into an announcement that you have a life threatening disease. Are we as quick to say see God’s hand in these circumstances? Or do we cry out to God, Why?
In the 34th chapter of Psalms, we see David offering us an invitation. An invitation to take an action. This action is asking us to taste the good that God has done in our life, savor the flavor of that season and see that God is good. These experiences serve as a reminder to trust God and take comfort in Him when life does gets hard. God’s promise is to bless the one who takes refuge in Him. We take refuge in God by trusting Him with all circumstances in our life. No, we may not be very quick to see God’s hand in our bad circumstances. However, when we have experienced the good and seen God in those plentiful times. We can stand firm on our faith and trust in God in those times that seem to rock us to the core and know that God is faithful and just to deliver us from those unseen circumstances. He uses these experiences to grow us and strengthen our faith in Him.
In His Love, Crisi
So true Crisi! We have been dealing with some serious challenges lately, and it’s forcing me to practice my trust in God. Believing even when we don’t know how or when it will work itself out really challenges our faith and helps us grow if we let it. Thank you for sharing these thoughts.
A few years ago we did a lesson on Job and anytime I go through a challenge, my mind goes back to that lesson. One of the points that was made in the first two chapters of Job is God said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job. God knew Job’s heart and love for God. All that Job suffered, God restored and added even more. God boasted about Job because He knew Job would prove Him right. I know it’s a scary thought but could Satan do anything more to US than he did to Job? Look how Job’s story ended, don’t we believe God would do the same for us? Love you Jennifer and I will continue to lift you and your family up in prayer 🙂