Heaven's Coming

  • Feb. 15, 2016
  • #8816

A taste of the Lord’s goodness on earth prepares us for the banquet we will enjoy with Him in heaven.

Heaven's Coming

Taste and see that the Lord is good. That’s from Psalm 34.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and we’ve all tasted the goodness of the Lord, right? Every time you recover from a cold, every time you find strength to go on when you’re tired, and every time you feel that sense of freedom and no guilt after you’ve confessed our sins? That’s tasting the goodness of the Lord. He is good to us in so many ways and on so many levels. But consider the word “taste” for a moment, because it really means just putting something on your tongue in order to catch the flavor. I experienced this on Thanksgiving Day a couple months ago.

I had decided to try a different way to roast our turkey. So I went on-line to Martha Stewart and discovered a really great way to baste your turkey while it’s cooking (you get cheesecloth, soak it in cooking wine and butter, lay it over the turkey, and baste it every thirty minutes with the pan drippings). Well, when it came out of the oven, I could hardly wait for it to finish resting so I could taste it. I wanted to see if the flavor would be all that different. Well, guess what, as Ken was carving, he put a little sliver of breast meat in my mouth and – oh my goodness – it certainly did taste better. And it was much more moist. I thought I knew what turkey should taste like, but now I knew how good, how very good it could be!

What’s more, I knew the full dinner that evening would be really great. After all, to taste something is to hint at the flavor of the full meal yet to come, right? In the same way, we have tasted that the Lord is gracious, but we have no idea how really good and gracious He is. Yes, we have peace in our hearts because of Jesus, but we have yet to experience complete peace in our world, we only have a hint of it through Christ. And yes, we have experienced joy in the Holy Spirit, but we’ve yet to be satiated with joy. And yes, we have tasted what it feels like to be free of guilt after we confess our sins, but we have yet to experience the complete freedom of totally living guilt-free.

Remember the Israelites who crossed the Jordan to get an idea, a hint, of what the Promised Land would be like? And the spies who came back brought only one cluster of grapes from the land of milk and honey? Those grapes were only a small taste of the abundance of the Holy Land that they were about to enter. They had no idea how much wealth awaited them on the other side. And friend, we are very much like the Israelites. We are still on this side of the Jordan, tasting only a flavor, a hint of God’s goodness. But one day – and that day is coming for us all – one day we’re going to leave behind this life and cross the river Jordan and enter the Promise Land. So if you’re discouraged today, remember to taste the good things God has done in your life over the years. Reflect on the flavor of His love, especially on other times when He comforted you when you were feeling down. And know, please just know, that God is thatgood all the time. And also know that your job here on earth is to ready yourself, as well as others, for that time when we will all cross the Jordan. For 2 Peter chapter 3, verse 13 says, “we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.”

If you’d like to learn more about that wonderful home, I’d love to send you a free gift of tracts I’ve written on heaven. Pass them along to a friend who needs to taste and see that the Lord is good. For your free gift, just visit my radio page today at joniandfriends.org.

© Joni and Friends

 

 

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