June 17, 2021

Tasting God's Goodness

The Lord will open for you his rich storehouse, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all your undertakings.
Deuteronomy 28:12
Just as God is far beyond anything we can imagine, so our experience of God is beyond our description. Things of the Spirit are beyond our senses. But we can often best describe them by enlisting the help of our sight and hearing and touch and taste and smell.

Deuteronomy 28 uses many metaphors to speak of God's goodness, but one of the most evocative is the rain. When I read the twelfth verse, I cannot help but equate God's blessing with the sight of a gentle rain, with the way it sounds as it hits the ground below and the leaves above, the welcome feeling of the rain on skin after a dry season, even the smell of recently drenched earth.

In his first letter, Peter alludes to Psalm 34 to describe the Christian's relationship with God. This reference speaks of tasting the goodness of God, comparing the nourishment of milk to junk, such as insincerity and envy. Our experience of grace goes far beyond our physical senses. But there's no better place to begin to understand God's love than with the bodies we have been gifted with.

Indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
 1 Peter 2:3
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
As the earth soaks in the blessing of rain, so may I drink the milk of your goodness, O God, always giving thanks for the wonder of your love.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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