365 Days of Growing Together
Psalm 34:8 (KJV) – “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.”
Hi WR2W, in life we are faced with many trials and tribulations, some expected and others unexpected, but either way, we are faced to deal with them if we want to experience the peace and joy that comes after the storm. The reality of life is we do not choose to go through these storms, but we are chosen for the storm. These storms would be defined as the hardships and the difficulties that life most often bring. The bible promises us in Job 14:1 (KJV) that “Man that is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble”. So, there is no need for us to go through life thinking that life is going to be a bowl of fulfilled dreams, 365 days of happiness annually until we leave the Earth, or that we will never experience trouble or what we perceive as things that are so unfair because we would be lying to ourselves and setting ourselves up for a life of disappointment.
WR2W, we must face the fact that most often we do not choose our storm, but our storm chooses us. We do not choose cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, lupus, lung disease, blood disorders, kidney disease, musculoskeletal disease, or any type of life-threatening illness, sickness, or disease but many of us, we must suffer through directly or indirectly through the life of a love one. Is it easy? No, it never is and more days than not, it is emotionally draining and tiresome. And for some, health issues are not the problem, but we all have something so maybe you are experiencing the difficulty of being forced to deal with an unruly and ungrateful child that continues to give trouble no matter what you do, a spouse that has asked you for a divorce unexpectedly, or financial struggles that has come as a result of the loss of a job or something you could not prevent. Whatever our story, most often these storms bring about pain, grief, depression, anxiety, fear, and/or mixed-emotions no matter how long we have been on the battlefield for the Lord. But the problem is not that these emotions come knocking at the door of our mind, the problem is who and/or what are we opening our mind to when they come knocking. In times like these is when the enemy comes hard to overtake our mind, so we can taste (try) him (drugs, alcohol, sex, deception, manipulation) instead of tasting (trying) Jesus (grace, mercy, peace, unconditional love). In times like these, we need to keep the door of our mind shut to the enemy and open the door of our mind to Jesus and “taste and see that the Lord is good” no matter the situation (good, bad, ugly) and experience His abundance of blessings no matter how they come or by what means they come because indeed “He’s Just That Good”.
WR2W, if we want to see the joy of His blessings we must taste His Word and come into the knowing and understanding of the Lord. From the Word comes our power, from the Word comes our prayer life; which has the power, from the Word comes the declaration of the defeat of the thing we have under subjection, from the Word comes our authority and the casting down of strongholds. To taste and see is to put in the work and trust that whatever we are going through is already conquered in the name of Jesus because God says so in His Word (Romans 8:37). To put in the work means when cancer attacks, we do not give thought to the process, but we see the expected end of healing, deliverance, and restoration. We stomach the process by speaking and praying the Word and calling on the Master Physician while going through cancer treatments, surgery, and the after effects of both. To put in the work means to put in the Word because the Word is what does the work and brings forth the Glory of the Lord because “He’s Just That Good”! I love each of you, be blessed, be encouraged, and be true!
Tasting and Seeing His Goodness