Why do you not eat and drink?

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Why do you not eat and drink?”
In the devotional book “Finding God in Narnia”, the authors relate a scene from the fifth volume in the series, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. At one point in that story C.S. Lewis created a scene that was reminiscent of his own tentative journey to faith in Christ. In that scene, Edmund and his companions had been on a long journey, drawn in search for something related to Narnia (heaven) and Aslan (a Christ-figure), and yet unsure of themselves. Finally, they arrive at a mysterious island, tired and famished, where they find a beautiful table ladened with heaps of food and cool inviting wine.
Yet, rather than partaking of the feast set before them they hesitate, unsure of themselves, suspicious and convinced that what they’re seeing is too good to be true. So, they sit there – mouths watering, stomachs grumbling, wanting so much to indulge and yet unwilling to do so because they didn’t fully understand. Finally, out of the shadows approaches a lovely young woman (an angel), holding a candle. Perplexed, she looks at the weary, hungry travelers and asks, “Travelers who have come to Aslan’s table, why do you not eat and drink, is the food not to your liking?”
The seekers had found the very thing they had been searching for but once they did, they were afraid to partake of it because they didn’t fully understand it. What they needed to do was trust and partake – and once they did, they found that the feast was indeed very, very good.
C.S. Lewis created that scene as a reflection of his own journey to faith in Christ. Christianity sounded too good to be true to him and so, he doubted. But then he found Psalm 34:8 to be true. Once he put his doubts aside and began to partake of the feast that is a relationship with God, he discovered that life with God is indeed very, very good. “Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him.”
Yesterday we learned that living by faith involves taking control of our will and making ourselves do the things necessary in order to experience God and to grow in our relationship with Him. Once we do that, we then discover the truth that we must trust first and experience second. Once we take that initial step of faith, we quickly begin to experience the joys and wonders of life with God, and then we want more and more of it.
Psalm 34:8 really is true. Taste and see that He is good. If you do, you will quickly want all of Him that you can have.
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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