The fight to survive is a daily struggle. What I mean is that each day you are in a fight: a fight not to revert to your old self, the fight to deal with daily disappointment and hurt, a fight not to blow your cool—say something that in that moment—you should have withheld [Proverbs 15:4 says a tongue can bring life or break the spirit]. We too are in a fight to understand that even when things are not going as planned, it is working out. But, it was impossible to understand life not going as I planned “is working out” before I experienced the truth of God. The deeper-rooted pain I experienced, the more I needed and continue to need God.
Some days are harder than others. I need Jesus. Seriously! But, I don’t believe I would have “known” that I needed Him unless I experienced some really challenging times throughout my life. Part of life is the promise of the experience in trials (James 1:2, John 16:33). Once you let Him in, God will teach us during the trials. Reason enough to not “know” God through someone else’s experiences.
We may be introduced to God by listening to someone else’s experiences. But given the visual of a well-cooked meal, we personally know when our taste buds believe that it is good, or it is bad… We are the only ones that must taste and see that the Lord IS good (Psalm 34:8) for ourselves. Someone else may describe all the wonderful traits of God, but how will you know until you taste and see for yourself?
When I experienced God, I found that He is good. He is loving. He is patient. He is healing. He is comforting. And when I “feel out of sorts” He will be waiting for me to visit Him. I just know now, after spending so much time with Him… I have never tasted anything like His Word, His Character… Him. Would you like to taste?
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