This Taste Calms

When we are constantly “tasting” and seeing that the Lord is good, we get a taste of wonderful joy. In fact, in Psalm 34:8, this is exactly what we are urged to do: “O taste and see that the LORD (is) good: blessed (is) the man (that) trusteth in Him.” This adds the flavor of peace. Loving the Lord, filled with His joy, brings peace. That introduces the next taste of this remarkable fruit: “patience.” Romans 5:3 gives us great insight: “And not only (so), but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience.” The most powerful illustration of this in Bible history is Job. There is one thing that we need to know. Without really knowing Jesus as Savior and Lord, experiencing His joy and the strength it brings, and resting in His peace, we can’t have true patience in tribulation. The tribulation may be severe, painful, uncomfortable, but He gives us comfort, reassurance, His calming Presence, and He is in the “furnace” with us. Just as in the case of Daniel, when we come out of the “furnace,” what a testimony to His love, grace, comfort and help! But what if we are persecuted or even killed? Once again, Romans 8:!8 reminds us: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time (are) not worthy (to be compared) with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Weigh these words of confidence from, “How Firm a Foundation,” (authorship uncertain): “In every condition, in sickness, in health, in poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth, at home and abroad, on the land, on the sea, as days may demand, shall thy strength ever be. Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed, for I am thy God and will still give thee aid.  I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand. When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply. The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.” Selah! Let us pray that, if tested, we will be found abounding in love, joy, peace, and patience. Others may be attracted to find this fruit!    Ron

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