If we were to be honest with ourselves, we would have to admit that far too often in our lives we are unsatisfied and unfulfilled. We try to fill our lives with things that we think will give us fulfillment and joy—plasma TVs, clothes, more money, relationships. On and on the list goes. And yet, no matter how much we acquire, attain, or pursue, there is still an emptiness that exists.
Fortunately for us, the Lord, in His mercy, is trying to call our attention to the fact that He has the answer for us. In fact, He is the answer. And what He is desperately trying to do in our lives is fulfill this promise that He inspired Jeremiah to write: “And My people,” He declared, “shall be satisfied with My goodness” (Jeremiah 31:14).
And there it is! The Lord is trying to find a way into our lives so that we can feast upon His goodness and find joy and satisfaction in Him. And this is a promise to us which is surely to be fulfilled if we let Him. He is working overtime to accomplish this in our experience.
“But what is my job?” we wonder. It is simply to “taste.” That’s what David encourages us to do. “Oh, taste and see,” he says. But what is it that we are supposed to “taste and see”? “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).
Have you ever sat down at the table, only to see the most delicious-looking food in front of you? Maybe it’s an exquisite fruit platter, or maybe even a home-made apple pie. I bet that your mouth begins to salivate and you cannot wait to simply “taste.” In fact, I bet you want to do more than simply “taste.” You want to dig in and not stop until your stomach is full.
Well, Christ has invited us to “sup” with Him (see Revelation 3:20). And placed before our very eyes is the most delicious-looking spread we could ever imagine: It’s His goodness, His love, His compassion and mercy. And all He invites us to do is to simply “taste.”
Does that sound “hard”?
And when we have simply “tasted,” we will want more. And thus, God’s promise will be fulfilled, just as He declared, “And My people will be satisfied with My goodness.”