Masala chai and tasting God
As we sat on our balcony this morning, sipping our masala chai, I reflected on how many times I have changed the proportions of the spices. Not long ago I wanted the cloves taste to predominate. Then it was the nutmeg taste. Then green cardamom. At the moment it is the grated fresh ginger that we are enjoying.
The only way you can really enjoy masala chai is to experiment and find what delights your tastebuds for that moment in time. It’s a bit like that with God.
There is no other way of really knowing how good God is unless you experience Him. We need to put Him to the test in all the varied happenings of life to know all the different ways that His goodness, benevolence, kindness, mercy and graciousness is manifested. This is exactly what David the Psalmist invited us to do:
“Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!” (Psa. 34:8).
David wants us to really savour who God is, His amiable and benevolent character expressed to us in goodness and grace. Test that character in the affairs of our life. Not to just fleetingly note His divine goodness but really ponder it and enjoy Him. After all, if we are going to spend an eternity in the presence of God, it stands to reason that we should start enjoying His presence now.
The apostle Peter must have been thinking about David’s psalm when he penned these words:
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness (1 Pet 2:2-3).
Peter is saying that once you’ve had a taste of God’s goodness and beneficence in saving you, you now need to move it up a notch and really crave more and more of Him to fully experience the full flavour of God. That invitation is exciting!
David in another psalm put it this way:
“As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God” (Psa. 42:1).
Meditate on that. Press into God. Learn more about Him and enjoy Him. He will more than satisfy every longing and craving in your heart --He will positively delight you.
Quotes from the NLT.