“If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” 1 Peter 2:3
Taste along with sight, sound, smell, and touch are how we experience the creation God has created for us. To taste is to partake. We can hear sounds and never engage the source of the sound, we can see people and never know them, we can accidentally touch someone and never engage them in a relationship, we can smell the scent of a flower without enjoying its beauty.
Have you, “tasted that the Lord is gracious?” Many have seen the work of God in His creation, others claim to have heard His voice but to taste the Lord you must take Him into your life. When the gospel of Jesus is at work in your life you are filled with His Spirit and it just “tastes” good.
When we engage God through the gospel of Jesus we become “partakers” of His goodness and righteousness. This same Apostle said in his second epistle:
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4)
God’s love does not come with conditions that limit us but rather promises that set us on a life-course “tasting” the goodness of God’s wonder and grace. The promises offered to the people of God are not to motivate us to become religious but to endow God’s people with His nature and equip us to live a life that tastes good to both God and us.
To “taste” God is to be “partakers” of His “goodness and righteousness.” God has given us a way to access the righteousness of His “divine nature” and to live a life that is delivered from the fallen Adamic race. The Apostle said God has offered you “great and precious promises” that will give you a victorious life in the sin-corrupted world you are passing through.
Discovering these precious promises is one of the ways we experience the goodness of God. The Wiseman Solman said:
“It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” (Pro 25:2)
God’s true nature and righteousness are hidden from the world. God’s word reveals to the seeker of His righteousness and reveals truth. It is “the honor” God has given you to seek out promises “concealed” in His word.
In God’s word, you will find the joy of knowing redemption, restoration and recognize the imputed righteousness gifted to you through the gospel of Jesus. In God’s word, you will find truth that will set you free from “fiery darts” of the devil. In God’s word, you will find power, strength and wisdom to navigate in this sin-darkened world.
Have you seen God? Have you heard God? Have you touched Him? It is not until you taste Him that you will know the true power and righteousness He has gifted His people. Today take Him into your life, let the power of the gospel of Jesus indwell you and then you will know indeed, “that the Lord is gracious".
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