The fourth Thursday in November brings family and friends together to indulge in the cuisine of Thanksgiving, but what is the ultimate taste we should be looking for?
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”
I think a lot about the light and darkness aspect, but I found the rest of this verse a little surprising (how long has it been there, and I’ve never noticed it?). The fact that sin and obedience are compared with sweetness and bitterness rocked my boat.
The world is constantly lying to us, saying that if Christianity is the light, it’s VERY bitter, but that’s totally wrong!
Psalms 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Like Moses, we should consider the fleeting pleasures of sin nothing compared to the eternal reward (Hebrews 11:25-26).
It’s not surprising that Satan wants us to think that when we choose to obey God, we’re missing out on happiness and pleasures in life. But when you taste the goodness of God and see just how sweet it is, you become reborn and you realize that what you did in the past was a lesser joy than what you’re experiencing in Christ.
And that’s what Christianity is.
So, as we prepare to jump into one of the largest American holidays, let’s reflect on this:
Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.”
The taste of living inside the heart of God is the best. I ask myself every day, though, this question.
Do I want to taste the goodness of God more than the things that are temporal?
And that’s my question for you too.
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