Posted on January 17, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8
As the new year starts many of us have struggled to keep the commitment of losing weight. It seems that my appetite for the stuff I shouldn’t eat is greater than it is for the stuff I should eat. If only I could acquire a taste for what is good for me.
I think one of my biggest problems is I don’t equate taste with good. I want to make myself understand that what tastes good is not always good for me. There’s a deception that has its way with me, and until I’m disgusted with myself nothing will change. I must be able to realize that my present condition will remain the same until I am willing to alter it.
There is a difference between a physical diet and a spiritual diet. Our physical diet will dictate our health and appearance, high energy and slim looking or sluggish, with the help of the scale and tight-fitting clothes. Spiritual diets will cause us to experience the joy and peace, or lack of it, that comes from the Lord. Our walk should strengthen our faith and allow us to see circumstantial trials as temporary, it can be used to build our character. This is a good tasting experience that can create a sharp contrast to the things that have crippled us. There are two types of struggles, one is unavoidable, the stuff that life can dish out. The other is self-afflicted, the problems we cause ourselves.
Either way, once we’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good, it should cause us to rely on His goodness. I need to get to the point where I’m not willing to give up my joy, and choose to be found trusting the process. Cheating on a diet and is something I can get away with, but once I’ve tasted of the Lord’s goodness there can be no going back.
If you find yourself struggling to trade your sorrows for joy, maybe it’s time for a change of routine. Maybe extra prayer time or Christian fellowship could replace some of our folly. What is it today that’s stealing your Joy?
“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at email@example.com
Think About This: “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sun house does not attract the sun because it is bright, but becomes bright because the son shines on it.” – C.S. Lewis
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness [a]was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. -Genesis 1:1-2
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