I’ve eaten and drunk things I didn’t like. They may not have agreed with my digestion.They may not have been pleasing to my sense of taste. They may have been cold when they should have been hot, or vice versa. While eating food can be one of the most pleasurable experiences in life, it can be ruined by bad food or a ill-prepared dish or drink.
Perhaps all of this is born of a finicky, privileged western lifestyle where we can take or leave what is served to us because we know we’ll eat again soon. Not everyone in this world is so privileged.
Without getting too focused on the advantages of eating whatever we choose in America, I wanted to share what I saw in scripture today. It encouraged me to meditate on the goodness of God while using the metaphor of taste.
As the newly freed and saved Hebrews made their way to the Promised Land, they grew thirsty. The first water source was bitter. The people complained. Moses cried out to God.
He cried out to the Lord; and the Lord showed him a piece of wood; he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. – Exodus 15: 25a
The text goes on to show the Lord encouraging the people to listen to the Lord’s voice and obey what they hear. The benefit would be God’s people, free of disease. Taste and see the Lord is good.
Peter wrote the new believers need milk like infants to grow.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2: 2, 3.
You can taste how good God is. Maybe not literally, but God makes himself known by doing good for us. We can taste it. He sweetened the water. When we’re young in the faith, there is spiritual milk through which we grow.
We can trust what he offers us, what he fixes for us, what he does for us. It tastes good.