On Tasting

Last evening my sister took a Hot Pocket out of the microwave, took a big bite and swallowed.  Today her seared throat barely allows her to speak.  As I was listening to her weakened voice I remembered being a little guy wandering around my neighborhood.  (Children used to do that.)  I came across two adolescent girls holding a great looking pie. They told me how good it was and they would give me a piece. I don’t remember what it was that made me wary, but as little as I was, I told them I would only eat some if they ate some first.  They wouldn’t so I didn’t.

Careful tasting is a pretty good idea before committing to a major ingest.  It is especially important when it comes to ideas.  Before believing something we should taste its probability and reasonableness. The Psalmist said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  Is it probable that all the components of life should become something as wonderful as you without a designer and manufacturer?  Before abandoning faith one should taste being with Him.

Then there is the common sense of His Word.  When one ponders the inherent wisdom contained in Scripture it would be a massive stretch to think it did not add to one’s grasp of life’s meaning. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  I gain understanding from your precepts.” Psalm 119:103–4

In John 1 when two of John the Baptist’s disciples asked Jesus where He lived Jesus told them to “come and see.”  We could say “come and taste.”  Take it slow, savor it, ponder its value, and only accept when it satisfies.

Written by Roger Bothwell on August 7, 2014

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