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Taste and See that the Lord is Good!

stories-1“Taste and see that the Lord is good; Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 NLT

Over the next few weeks I’ve decided to tell some of the stories of God’s faithfulness in my life. My prayer is that if you have never “tasted and seen” how good God is that you would begin to experience the joy of trusting him. Or perhaps in the past you have “tasted and seen” that God is good, but that experience seems foreign and distant. Take heart! God invites us:

“Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink—even if you have no money! Come, take your choice of wine or milk—it’s all free!

Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.

Come to me with your ears wide open. Listen, and you will find life. Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.” (Isaiah 55:1-3, 6 NLT)

At a very young age I began to experience God’s faithfulness and goodness. When I was twelve, our church launched a “faith-promise” missions campaign. “Faith-promise” is a concept of asking God what amount of money he wanted us to trust him to faithfully provide through us—in this case specifically for missions. I remember being very excited about asking Jesus what he wanted me to trust him for. At the end of two weeks I was certain that God had led me to write down a specific amount on my pledge card.

As the day approached for us to turn in our pledge cards I was ecstatic with anticipation! I really believed that God had led me to a specific amount per week that he would provide through me over the next year as I trusted him. I really saw this as an adventure with Jesus!

That morning on the way to church, my parents knew that I was participating in the faith-promise campaign and asked what amount I had written on my pledge card. I told them, “Four dollars.” My parents looked a bit shocked and asked, “You don’t mean four dollars per week, do you?” To which I responded with a big smile, “Yes, I do!”

My parents paused a moment and said, “Honey, you only get a dollar a week for your allowance. How are you going to give four?” With my simple child-faith I said, “Jesus will provide! I know he will!” And to my parents’ credit they accepted my answer to trust God. As I turned in my faith-promise card that morning I could hardly wait to see what God was going to do.

When I got home that afternoon, I prayed asking God to bless my efforts. Then I ran around to various neighbors and asked if I could mow their lawns and perform other yard work for them. That afternoon I landed three mowing jobs. When fall came the jobs turned to raking leaves and snow shoveling that winter.

There were some weeks in which I did not know how God would provide for that week. But he did! In fact, he provided four dollars for my missions faith-promise offering every week for 52 weeks that year! I truly experienced great joy in seeing him work this way in my life.

Even as a 12-year-old I learned some amazing things about my relationship with Jesus Christ. I learned that he is very trustworthy. I saw that I can listen to him and follow him and that he delights in leading us and working in our lives. I also began to experience a taste of his greatness by watching him provide way beyond my own ability. Finally, I got to savor his love—not only for me for those who were receiving the gifts that he gave through me.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” Psalm 34:8 NLT

©2009 Rob Fischer