Taste and See
Taste and See
“Self-help” books are very popular. It makes one think about how God has promised to be our help in time of need. So much of the time people don’t even think of going to the Lord for the help they long for. But, Psalm 34:8 invites us to,
O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
With whatever sort of challenge we might have, God wants us to go to Him. Only God can guide us in ways that will be honestly right and good in this world. For instance, some people are really looking for the approval of others, and 2 Timothy 2:15 shows us what kind of approval we really should be looking for. It says,
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
Then, many people are very concerned about their self-image. They desire to feel good about themselves. In Romans 8:29, Paul tells us about the image that will make us feel so much better about ourselves. It says,
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son.
We should all be concerned about self-improvement, and actually need to aim for the very best kind of self-improvement as shown in 2 Corinthians 5:17,
Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
We often wonder how we can muster up the human resources needed to be all that we can be in this world. 2 Corinthians 3:5 shows us where to look,
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God.
Life is different when we know our help comes from the Lord. The people in the “self-help” section of bookstores are looking for ways they could use their self-efforts in making themselves into better people according to puny, worldly standards. We have it all turned around from God’s wisdom. Galatians 2:20 shows us that it is much more important to simply let Jesus live in us.
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.
What a difference there is between God’s improvement plan and man’s “self-help” ideas.
When it comes right down to it, the Bible is the absolute best “self help” book anyone could ever have. It has proven itself over and over for thousands of years — and its Author is none other than God Almighty, Himself. The authors of all the other books have their own foibles and impracticalities. But, God is perfect in all His ways and His word can mold us to be pleasing and useful in His sight.
As we taste and see how good the Lord is, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, You created us and You alone know us perfectly well. You know where we need self-improvement, and You alone know how to rightly mold us and perfect us in Christ Jesus.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.