Taste and see!
There is an interesting sequence in the first three verses of the second chapter of Peter’s first epistle. A changed life (vs. 1) depends upon proper nourishment (vs. 2) and is based on an experience of the goodness of the Lord (vs. 3). ”Now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” has always been the first step in this process. Spiritual growth is our response to God’s goodness. We “taste” and it is so delicious we simply have to have more.
Tasting is experiential. There are those who would like to follow Christ but before they take that first crucial step they would like to have all their questions answered. But it doesn’t work that way. There is always another question. Faith operates in something less than an environment of absolute intellectual proof. Yet it is not a leap in the dark. As Dr. Carnell used to tell his seminary students, “Faith is the resting of the mind in the sufficiency of the evidence.” We are confident that the bridge we are about to cross will not collapse -- the “evidence” is not complete but it is adequate – so we drive ahead “by faith.”
Faith is the decision to go ahead and “taste.” The Psalmist encourages us to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psa. 34:8). There is no other way. Standing outside a famous cathedral such as St. Paul’s in London the dust covered window is not especially attractive, but go inside and look through that same window at the rising sun and beauty sheds its glow throughout the room. The “inside” experience trumps the “outside” appraisal. Taste the Lord — go inside and experience him as he truly is — and you will understand his goodness and grace.
That is what happened to Dr. Francis Collins, the American geneticist who directed the famous Human Genome Project. During his early years on the project he was not a believer. I heard him acknowledge before an audience that one day upon reflecting on matters of science and faith he realized that he had never considered faith with the same care that he used in a scientific experiment. When he looked at all the related evidence he became what he calls a “serious Christian.” As Peter says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”