Savoring the Deliciousness of God
Habits of Grace series
As a young girl, I loved to walk to my grandparents’ house, especially on Saturday mornings. Every Saturday morning, Grandma Kuiper baked homemade bread. And not just one loaf—she made bread for the family, the neighbors, and the shut-ins. When Grandma visited the sick, she brought a loaf of homemade bread. I still remember the sweet aroma wafting through the kitchen windows as I came up the walk; I knew it was delicious before it ever touched my lips. And when she added fresh raspberry jam – mmm, that was a little taste of heaven. Oh, how I savored the deliciousness of Grandma’s homemade bread!
Did you know that it’s also possible – and wonderful – to savor the deliciousness of God? I’ll admit that the idea of God being delicious initially struck me as a bit odd, if not irreverent. But consider these words from Psalm 34:8:
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!”
And these words from 1 Peter 2:2-3:
“Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
How exactly do we do that? How do we taste and see that the Lord is good? How do we savor the deliciousness of God?
For the last couple of weeks, Pastor Steve has addressed the discipline or habit of Bible intake—the role of God’s Word in our lives. He used the illustration of making and drinking tea, explaining that “drinking is taking something outside of you and putting it inside of you.” Eating is the same. For us to taste and see that the Lord is good, we need to feast on His Word.
In John 6:35, Jesus declares:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Just as bread is nourishment for the body, the Bread of Life (the Bible) is nourishment for the soul. Eating must be a priority. Without food, we cannot thrive. In order for bread to sustain us, we need to take it in. For the Word of God to transform us, we need to take what is outside of us and put it inside of us, giving it space there to take up residence.
As I continue to feast on God’s Word in my own life, I never cease to be amazed by how little I really know. God continually reveals Himself through the pages of Scripture in ways I’ve never seen before. He opens my eyes to divinely orchestrated details that enhance the richness of His story. Through His Word, He feeds my soul, giving me the nourishment I need.
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)
Through conversation and discussion about His Word with other godly men and women, I am challenged and encouraged (this is the fresh jam topping the bread; an extra sweet bonus!).
God’s Word is one of God’s ordained channels of his transforming power and grace in our lives to grow our character into the likeness of Christ. In practicing this habit of grace, we begin to experience the deliciousness of God. We read and re-read His Word. We write it down. We study. We memorize. We share. We declare. We “chew on it.” We ponder it. We pray over it. We s a v o r it, allowing it to permeate our lives completely. The more we do this, the more we will want to do this. With palette cleansed, and appetite whet, we will begin to crave more and more of God’s Word; more and more of God Himself. And this is the goal – Christ formed in us (Galatians 4:19). This habit and means of grace is not just about getting you into the Word; it’s about getting the Word into you. The Bread of Life, as seen in the pages of God’s Word, fills you to satisfaction. And good news: there is enough bread not just for you, but also for your family, your friends, your neighbors, the sick, and the shut-in. Share the bread. Add the jam. Take in the sweet aroma, feel the warmth, taste the goodness, and savor the deliciousness of a holy God.