O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
Have you ever had the experience after meeting a person of finding out he or she was very different than what you expected? Have you ever been pleasantly surprised to find out someone was completely different than what others said about him or her?
I have found this to be absolutely true with God.
Before being introduced to God through the Bible, I was very ignorant of God and knew nothing about Him. My attitude and perception of God was formed largely by family, friends, and by the world around me.
Yet, after over three decades since meeting and getting to know God intimately, through Scripture, I have found Him to be nothing like my former perception of Him.
Each day I am astonished by God. I have been amazed by His mercy, His kindness, His greatness and His unspeakable love to me personally.
The world around me had painted God in a very harsh and uncaring light; and yet my experience and knowledge of the God of the Bible has taught me something very different.
The God of Scripture is a God of mercy. He is a God of love and a God who does everything perfectly and with purpose.
Though He is a God to fear and bow before, He is also a God worthy to trust and to love in return.
How can I begin to describe God’s character and greatness to someone who is has never met Him?
How can someone who is not “born again” taste God or experience His goodness if they do not know Him personally?
It is like attempting to describe a sunset to someone who has been blind from birth. How can someone describe the colors of a sunset to one who has never seen color?
In the same way, it is impossible for someone to know or understand God if he or she has never met God and is not “born again”
Sadly, countless people on this earth have no idea of God’s greatness or mercy. They have never experienced His unfailing love and forgiveness.
Sadly, vast numbers of people have no interest in knowing the Creator of the Universe. If only they could see Him through my eyes. If only they could experience God’s unspeakable love, mercy, power and greatness!
If only they could experience God in the way I have. If only they would begin to learn God’s ways, as depicted in God’s Word, then they would marvel at His greatness and languish in His compassion!
Since becoming familiar with God, I have fallen in love with Him.
I have learned that God is far more wise and beautiful than I could have ever imagined.
I have learned that He is love, and everything He does stems from His love for me personally.
I have learned that His ways are not my ways, and that though His way has led me through the Valley of Affliction, I have learned that is purpose in His plan. I have learned that He has a very definite reason for each and every affliction I have endured.
I have learned that His ways are motivated by reason, compassion and purpose. They are meant to teach, refine and purify, and not meant to punish or inflict pain unnecessarily.
I have seen and experienced His indefatigableness, meaning He has never grown tired of me, or turned me away, though I am in constant need and completely dependent upon Him.
Even when I have willfully disobeyed Him, He patiently, and at times firmly, has led me back to the “narrow way” which He has willed for me.
I have learned through experience that He never fails in any and all of His promises. I have seen Him fulfil His promises He has given in His Word.
I have grown in my trust of Him to the point that I can now say, His ways are perfect!
I have seen that His Word is truth and that not one of His precepts has ever proven unreliable.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous (Christ’s people made righteous by the work of Jesus Christ), and His ears are open to their cry.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 34:15, 17-19
So, the question remains: how does one meet God and taste His goodness?
How can one “taste and see that LORD is good” when one has never met God?
How can one meet God or taste God’s goodness, when God’s Word itself says “… no man can come to me unless the Father draw him”?
Couple this with what God has written in Romans 3:11, that no one seeks God:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Yet, though it appears impossible that anyone would come to God, nevertheless God has made and continues to make Himself known to individuals.
His Spirit has and will continue to breathe upon souls darkened by sin.
He makes this statement in Luke 18:1
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint.
God has written:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.