PASTOR NICK’S WEEKLY DEVOTION 3/3/2019

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8 ESV).

They say you know you’re a Texan when you pick what restaurant you’re going to eat at based on their chips and salsa. I guess that means I’m officially a Texan. I really like chips and salsa. The trouble is, I like them too much. My family and I usually devour the first basket of chips, and the waiter immediately brings us another, and before we know it that one is gone too. This happens again and again until our meal finally comes. But, by the time our fajitas get to the table I’m stuffed because I’ve eaten way too much chips and salsa. Now I’ve got this amazing meal in front of me that I have no desire for because I’ve gorged myself on an appetizer. Chips and salsa are good, but they are not meant to be a meal; they’re just an appetizer… 

Friends, this is exactly what some of us have done with the things of this world. We’ve stuffed ourselves so full of the world that now we have little to no desire for the amazing glory of God in Christ that we were created for. The good things of this world are not the meal, they’re just an appetizer. Jesus is the meal… We are to taste and see that the Lord is good… Jesus said of Himself, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever” (John 6:51 ESV)… We are meant to go to the Lord for satisfaction and true eternal life. That’s likewise what God’s Word is getting at in Isaiah 55:2 when God says, “Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food” (ESV)…

Theologian F. F. Bruce once noted that, “The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who made us so that we could never be satisfied without Him.” And the same could be said of the soul’s deepest hunger. Our souls yearn for Christ Himself; He is the rich food we are to delight in… So, don’t fill up on trivial things and lose your appetite for the glory of God in Christ. Save room for the meal. There are things in this world that we can enjoy to the glory of God, but don’t lose sight of the main thing. Look to Christ, and taste and see that the Lord is good, again and again…

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick