Did you know that every 14-21 days the human tongue gets new tastebuds?! Wild, right?! How many days in a row have you ever given to “tasting” the Word of God? My challenge is to take the next 14-21 days and read, “taste”, His Word. Start in Luke or John maybe. Maybe read a Proverb or Psalm a day; maybe get wrapped up in the love story of Ruth or the suspense thriller of Esther or the restoration project in Nehemiah… Wherever you start my prayer is that God would give you a taste of Him you never knew before, stirring a craving for more down deep in your soul!
If there are things of this material world that have caused a distraction from our wholehearted devotion to God I pray the taste for those things will diminish. We can think of it like candy. There are certain sinful behaviors that have tripped up each one of us a time or two. Think about why it tripped you up, why it caught your attention in the first place. Something in us desired it on some level. Candy will never, not be sweet, and whatever we found enticing in our flesh about that thing that distracts us from wholehearted devotion to God probably won’t totally go away.
For example, dark chocolate will always taste good. Dark chocolate is not going to change, however my taste for it can. Even though I might always delight in dark chocolate, through the Holy Spirits power I can develop a taste for something else that supersedes my desire for dark chocolate. So whatever sin or stronghold that has enraptured our attention we can chose to allow God to develop a taste for Him and things of His Kingdom that supersede our desire for lesser things.
It’s like brushing your teeth BEFORE you drink orange juice! Orange juice is delicious but have you ever taken a drink of it just after you’ve brushed your teeth?! It just doesn’t have the same taste and is a whole lot less delicious in my opinion! Such is it when God develops a deeper hunger within me for the things of Him, than the things of this world. The lesser things may not have changed and I may still find them enticing, however if I wash myself in the Water of His Living Word on a daily basis my hunger for the grater things of God will now supersede my desire for lesser things. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)
Allowing God to be the Stronghold of our lives wards off the taste for lesser things. The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1 (NIV)
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