Oh, Taste and See! Part 2
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
The first question we need to answer is, “What is my relationship to the Lord? Do I believe He is good? Do I believe that I am blessed as I take refuge in Him?”
If you cannot answer those questions with a resounding yes, please take stock of where you are spiritually. Do not assume that because you went to church as a child or even now, because you are a nice person and everybody tells you so, or that you teach a Sunday school class or give lots of money to charitable organizations that you know Jesus personally. If you’re not sure, I invite you now to “taste and see that He is good!” I invite you to take refuge in Him today. After the deaths of our son and his friend, I questioned the goodness of God, feeling as though I did not know who He was. In my heart I felt God leading me to read the book of John and recognize that if I wanted to know God, I needed to know Jesus. Jesus is God. As I read this beautiful record of Jesus’ life, I saw Jesus interacting with people broken by life. I saw His tenderness and kindness extended toward those forgotten by society. Watching Jesus, getting to know Him, drew me to the heart of His Father, to God. I tasted at the table set for me by Jesus, and I remembered that the Lord is good, that He is my refuge when I trust in Him.
If you are struggling and need help finding your way to Jesus, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am eager to help you find your way to life in Him.
If you are not sure about your relationship to Jesus or if you recognize that your love for Him is growing cold and distant, read the book of John with pen in hand. Note in the margins your response to the actions of Jesus or write in your journal how Jesus is drawing you into His heart. Ask a friend to pray with and for you as you begin this journey to fall in love with Jesus and experience the new life only He gives.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the Terminal Cancer audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
“Your prognosis is poor. You have a few months, maybe a year.”In this transparent interview, Mike and Sherry share their response to hearing these shocking words. Their story is one of help and hope, as they describe the impact of cancer on their children and marriage, the reaction of friends and the practical implications of such a diagnosis. They share how their journey has encouraged them to enjoy each day, knowing that life is fleeting. And they share practical suggestions for those just starting this cancer journey. Their story will not only encourage the cancer fighters, but will equip those who love them to help them find the right medical care and face the challenges of each day.