Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
In 1 Peter 2:1-12 (the teaching today), Peter mentions tasting the Lord’s goodness. But he is pretty clear about some things that go hand in hand with “tasting” as well as “maturing.” He strongly urges his friends to abstain from sinful desires, “which wage war against your soul.” In our quest for understanding grace, we often minimize sin. We still tend to see sin as a list of rules God gave us for “whatever reason,” but that He’ll forgive us anyway, so it’s no big deal. Oh, but it is a big deal. Not for the wrongness of it, but rather for what we are missing.
There is a beautiful reason for abstaining from sin, and we don’t often hear of it. This saddens me, as it is the very thing we should be speaking of and teaching our children about. SPACE. In telling us to turn away from sinful behaviors, God is asking us to rid the clutter, escapisms, and destructive patterns that are filling, distracting, and wounding us to the core. As we turn from our sin, we are turning to God in great expectancy, giving Him room to touch, heal, comfort, and transform. The soul is the core of who we are, and the place where God dwells. As we turn away from sin, we create SPACE for God to breathe His life into our very souls.
Are we courageous enough to take that step of obedience in turning away from sin? Of asking God to show us the areas we have become numb to? Do we have enough faith (even the size of a mustard seed) to set aside our coping mechanisms, be willing to feel the pain of what’s real, and wait for God? Or are we content to continue knowing a lot about God without really tasting?