"Taste and see"Bro. David Chancellor
5/4/2003 11:00 AM
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Usually it is not a good thing to be hungry. But those that hunger and thirst will be filled. Its good to have a desire for truth. The spiritual side in too many has a hunger that is not being rightly addressed.
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
What appeals to your taste? Have you ever been so full that nothing appeals anymore? Someone that is full doesnt even want dessert. The one that is hungry will eat things that might not be the most tasty. There are some that turn up their noses at what is spiritually for their good. This is because theyre full of something. This world is filled with entertainments. Most of these are to the detriment of mankind. There are many things that fill people up where there is no hunger for God.
Its a blessed condition to be hungry for the things of God. If youre hungry for the things of God, even the bitter things will be sweet. Its a wonderful thing when God speaks to your soul. This is not grabbing on to anything any preacher has to say, but a real desire for God and the things of God. It makes us want to listen to what God says and put it to use in our lives. It will cause us to dig in his word, to know his will and his way.
I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
We need to refrain our fee from every evil way. It doesnt matter what everyone else is doing, saying or thinking. We refrain from that which is contrary to God. His word can get right down to where we live and still be sweet to our taste. Gods word helps us to know what really is right. If you get full of something else, you wont be interested in God. If Gods word is sweet to us, were not interested in the false. We should hate everything that isnt what God would have it to be.
And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
Sometimes we eat too much and get a stomachache. The words of God should be sweet in our mouth. Even though it may hit close to home and difficult things come with it, it can still be sweet to us. It wont all be pleasant and wonderful and great. There will be trials, too. Theres such a sweetness that it helps us bear the bitter. It makes the bitter worth it. Dont turn up your nose at the gospel
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
There is a famine that can come, where people dont have the word of God. If the only thing ever preached were sugar-coated sweet-nothings, there would be a famine. This is because it would be the word of man and not the words of God. The word of God will tell the soul what they need to hear, even if they dont like it. God tells us that there is something within us that will cause us to fail; something that needs to be taken care of. We need Gods words. We need to hear what God has to say. Share Gods words with others. We want people to hear the words of the Lord, the bread from heaven. We dont want to reach a point where we are rejecting Gods words. Keep a good appetite for the things of God.
Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
These were saying that they didnt like what God said. Youre blest to have a hunger for the word of God and righteousness. The world tries to kill the appetite for the things of God. The child of God is not the one saying Prophesy to me smooth things Its hard to get the word of God down those who have that attitude. When they discover the emptiness that is there, they will seek after God. We cant reach the world with smooth things. It will take the Spirit of God to make a difference. When theres someone who wont eat, we begin to get concerned. We should pray that the appetite will be stirred. Mankind is following after bad things, thinking its a good way.
As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Men were offended by the message that life is found in Christ. There may be hard sayings, but it is our privilege to search it out. Study the word out and know within yourself that it is right. Life is not found in smooth things said by some man. You can stick with religion, but you wont find life unless you find Jesus Christ. You can hear and be glad that there is life in Jesus Christ. When you seek God, he will supply the need of the soul. If every soul seeks after Jesus Christ, it could be filled and know the truth. We can receive from God that which meets the hunger of the soul. The words of God arent found at the movies or at the ball game. Life is found in Jesus Christ. It is found for every soul that is hungry enough to taste and see that the Lord is good.