Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
- Psalm 34:8
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
- 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
- 2 Corinthians 4:16
God has given people five senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Metaphorically, He has given believers spiritual equivalents: spiritual eyes to see His acts, spiritual ears to hear His voice, and spiritual taste buds to, as the Psalmist says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). Believers even have a spiritual smell, “the aroma of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16). There is also the spiritual sense of touch (Luke 24:32).
The apostle Paul faced death many times on his missionary journeys. As his body endured sufferings his spiritual senses did not suffer, in fact they became sharper and healthier. As it says in today’s verse, the inner self can be renewed day by day. How can believers renew their inner self even as the outer may be enduring trials, persecution, or just the physical sensory issues that come with aging?
Renew your mind. Read the Bible. Pray. Fast. Do His will. Prioritize the spiritual. Prioritize the Kingdom of God. Seek His face to develop yourself spiritually. As your spiritual senses sharpen, express gratitude to the Lord. Just like a person is greatly blessed when their physical senses operate well, how much more will you be blessed with healthy spiritual senses?
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
In a recent quiz, Have a Heart Quiz, there were a few Bible verses in the quiz that talked of the “heart” thinking, feeling emotion, seeing, etc. When God speaks of us living our lives solely for Him, loving Him with all our body, mind, soul, and strength, this is what the Bible is saying. We need to know God so well that we can taste Him or smell Him. God is a spirit, and we may not be able to see God, but we can see Him in His creation. Some people hear His audible voice while others have a spiritual hearing as they listen to Him talking to us, and God can talk to us through the reading of the Bible.
And one of my favorite Gaither songs, the one song that made Bill and Gloria famous, is He Touched Me.
The more we desire God, the more He reveals to us. And someday, we will meet face-to-face.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.