Day 5: Personal Pizzas, BeanBoozled, and the Goodness of God

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Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
    for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Psalm 34:8-10

I like to eat. There, I said it. I like the sights of food, I like the smells of food (except steamed brussel sprouts,) and I love the sounds of foods (like bacon cooking.) But better than all of that, I love the taste of food. Most of the times that I overeat, it’s not because of hunger or any of the other senses associated with food; it’s the taste that keeps me coming back for more. One of my favorite tasting foods is pizza. Do you know the definition of a personal size pizza? Any size is a personal size if you set your mind to it! When something tastes good, we want as much of that good stuff as we can stomach.

One of my favorite candies is Jelly Bellies, a brand of gourmet jelly beans. But in a cruel marketing and sales gimmick, the makers of the candy came up with a game surrounding their beans called “BeanBoozled.” The company made their beans in their same signature shape, colors, and flavors, but in some of them they injected horrible flavors like toothpaste and dead fish. You take turns trying a bean, seeing if you get a normal, great tasting flavor, or one of the disgusting ones. 

I think it’s fascinating that the writer of Psalm 34 used one of our most addictive and sensitive senses to associate with God’s goodness; taste. As in, “once you taste the Lord’s goodness, you’ll keep coming back for more; it’s certainly not dead fish!” And even though we all love the tastes of certain kinds of foods, we can also fear not having them, or not having enough. Like when your parent baked your favorite dessert and you don’t want to share with anyone. But our scripture deals with this feeling too; when we want God more than anything else, we have no lack; we lack no good thing. The sense of taste is absolutely something to be thankful for, but the ultimate goodness we can taste is the goodness of God.

Questions to ponder

What is your favorite food smell? What is your favorite tasting food?

Have you ever had a favorite food that, when you ate too much of it for too long, it no longer became your favorite? What was it?

Take a moment to thank God for your senses. Think or talk about how God gave us those senses to experience an abundant life. Now meditate on the fact that the Bible says those who fear him, or value him above all else, will have no lack. Doesn’t that sound like an abundant life?

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