By accident, I just bit into the top of a rotting apple. I eat an apple almost every weekday, and this has never happened before. Two days ago, I decided to spend a couple extra dollars on a bag of shiny red, very ripe looking Honey Crisp apples. Yeah, I guess they were a little too ripe. I had been looking forward to this afternoon treat, so I happily took a big bite, not noticing the tell-tale brown on the top around the stem.
The texture and taste were instantly repulsive. I could not spit that rottenness out fast enough! I grabbed some goldfish crackers and a cup of water to erase that spoiled flavor as quickly as possible. You see, we are usually very careful about what we put in our mouths. We don’t eat anything unless we believe it’s going to be good.
Now spiritually speaking, the Bible says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8). It sounds like the person listening isn’t quite sure yet about who God is. So, the Psalmist says, go ahead and find out! Just try trusting God. Taste and you’ll see that He is good.
There’s a little more to this verse that makes it crystal clear that you will not be disappointed. Here’s the full verse: “Oh taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Taking refuge is believing God is a safe place to hide. Taste and see; trust and rest in Him.
Jesus seems to refer to this idea of “taste and see” when He says, “I AM the Bread of Life” (John 6:35). He will satisfy your spiritual hunger. But how can you be sure? Is Jesus all you need? Taste and see.