March 10, 2010
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Psalm 34:8
Toyota has had to do a recall of some of its vehicles. In the past, other auto manufacturers have had to do the same.
Some tire manufacturers have had to recall some of their unsafe products, and it's not unusual to hear that a few tons of ground beef have been recalled and are going back to the plant for disposal.
Every year, right around Thanksgiving time, you can see lists of toys which are unsafe and have been recalled, but which may still be on some store shelves.
Even though recalls seem to be a daily experience, it was still a shock to hear that Little Brownie Bakers -- the manufacturers of Girl Scout Cookies -- had recalled some of their Lemon Chalet Crèmes. Now, let me put your fears to rest: there was no bacteria found in the cookies; they were safe to eat. The recall was only for some states, and it was only because some of the Lemon Chalet Crèmes didn't smell or taste good. In truth, the recalled cookies only made the news because they are normally so absolutely reliable and consistent in quality.
As I was thinking about the cookie recall, I remembered the passage which serves as the text for today's Daily Devotion: "Taste and see that the Lord is good."
Tasting the Lord? That's an unusual idea, don't you think?
Even so, I wish more people would. All too often unbelievers draw their opinions about God from sampling the misbehavior of Christians, or they rely on what somebody told them, or they believe what they read somewhere. Sometimes they just love to dine at the devil's table of temptations.
The Psalmist says, "Taste and see the Lord is good." If people look at the Bible, if they read through the Gospels, if they really take the time to taste the Savior -- to see a healthy sampling of His love and His sacrifice -- they will indeed find the Triune God is good and gracious.
If they taste God and see the Savior, they truly will be blessed when the Holy Spirit gives them faith in a Savior who is our Redeemer and our Refuge.
Today, we pray for those who need to taste of God's goodness.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, it is a mystery to me why so many people turn up their noses and refuse to sample Your goodness and grace. If it be possible, I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit to lead these doubters, deniers, and skeptics to the cross and the open tomb of their loving Redeemer. In the Savior's Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries