“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” More than a casual observation, the invitation remains for encounter. God longs for us to experience His presence and to know the desires of His heart. Not unlike Moses of old, dare we put aside the distractions or “lesser things” of this world to climb the mountain to meet with God?
My fear is that many of us aspire for too little. Content with mere imitations or shadows, we stop short of Presence. We have been seduced or lulled to sleep by the world and its systems trading our crown or birthright for a bowl of porridge. Our affinities and desires are too much shaped by culture instead of the Living Word of God. It is said we become what we worship and it easy to see that many are kneeling at the altar of fame, status, position, or mammon instead of drinking deep of the wellspring of true life. No man can serve two Masters. Either He will hate one or love the other.
God is good! It is not a description but rather who He is in His essence. James reminds us that, “every good and perfect gift comes from the Lord, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” He is the true source of all goodness. Ever since creation He has been speaking or breathing out His “goodness” shaping, forming and molding us into the pinnacle of His creation. Serving as the Divine architect, He formed and fashioned us into His own “likeness” to be exact representations of Himself. He then placed us to rule and reign as His ambassadors of goodness to all Creation.
It is time we leave behind the lesser things or as the Hebrews writer says “weights” and instead run with perseverance the race marked out for us. His goodness is alive and longs to be displayed or unleashed in us. In a world filled with so much pain, suffering and disillusionment, Creation is crying out for a fresh awakening to the true goodness or fullness of the Lord. The invitation remains, how will you respond?
El Salvador - Nov 2016