Taste for Yourself
and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Ps.
How shall we know for ourselves God's goodness and His love? The psalmist
tells us--not, hear and know, read and know, or believe and know; but--"Taste
and see that the Lord is good." Instead of relying upon the word of another,
taste for yourself.
is knowledge derived from experiment. Experimental religion is what is needed
now. . . . Some--yes, a large number--have a theoretical knowledge of religious
truth, but have never felt the renewing power of divine grace upon their own
hearts. . . . They believe in the wrath of God, but put forth no earnest efforts
to escape it. They believe in heaven, but make no sacrifice to obtain it.
. . . They know a remedy for sin, but do not use it. They know the right,
but have no relish for it. All their knowledge will but increase their condemnation.
They have never tasted and learned by experience that the Lord is good.
a disciple of Christ is to deny self and follow Jesus through evil as well
as good report. . . . Every darling indulgence that hinders our religious
life must be cut off. . . . Will we put forth efforts and make sacrifices
proportionate to the worth of the object to be attained?
we form, however limited, exerts some influence upon us. The extent to which
we yield to that influence will be determined by the degree of intimacy, the
constancy of the intercourse, and our love and veneration for the one with
whom we associate. Thus by acquaintance and association with Christ we may
become like Him, the one faultless Example.
with Christ--how unspeakably precious! Such communion it is our privilege
to enjoy if we will seek it, if we will make any sacrifice to secure it.
may be able, through his own experience, to "set his seal to this, that
God is true." John 3:33, A.R.V. . . . He can testify: "I needed
help, and I found it in Jesus. Every want was supplied, the hunger of my soul
was satisfied. . . . I believe in Jesus because He is to me a divine Savior.
I believe the Bible because I have found it to be the voice of God to my soul."
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