- Religion and Philosophy
Taste and See
One of my favorite books as a child was the popular "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Sues. In the book, the character, Sam I Am, is very persistent in trying to persuade another character to try a bite of "green eggs and ham." He offered him to try it "in a box, with a fox; on a train, in the rain"...and the list goes on.
I admit, Sam seemed kind of annoying at times. I assumed that he had already tried the dish, knew it was delicious and wanted the other character to see for himself as well. The thought of having green eggs sounded weird to me, and to the character as well. Through most of the story the other character admittedly opposed the idea that the green eggs and ham could be good and refused to try it. Finally, towards the end he agrees to try it, even though he really hadn't changed his mind about green eggs and ham being good. However, when he does takes a bite, he discovers that he loves the dish too! And this was my favorite part...Now he says that he would eat it "in a box and with a fox; on a train and in the rain!...and the list goes on."
I love this story still because it reminds me how we can be reluctant to try a good thing...even Jesus. The thought of believing that Jesus is the Son of God and that he will one day come again may be hard to understand. Or some may not understand how there can even be a God.
Some people quest for truth by looking for certain evidence. But sometimes, having a personal experience or encounter is better and may be the all the evidence you need...like having a taste for yourself. Yet how can you have an experience without taking the first step?...which is to believe. Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."
Psalm 34:8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
Taste by choosing to believe with your heart and confessing with your mouth that Jesus is actually who He claimed to be; that He died on a cross for the sins of the world, rose again on the third day, and will return again. Choose to believe that He is love, that He took away your sins, your pain, any guilt, your fear, etc. Believe that through Jesus, you can be connected with God and have everlasting real life when this life is over.
Try reading the Bible for yourself. Start praying (talking to God), if you haven't before.
See if there is a change in you over time...a change in how you feel inside; a change in how others see you; less confusion; more direction; more peace; or other positive changes in your life as a result.
Basically, just believe. If believing seems hard to do, consider asking for help to believe. I have heard of some individuals having a life change after sincerely saying, "God, if you are real, show me." or "Help me to believe in You."
Luke 11: 9 "And I say unto you, Ask and it shall be given; Seek and you shall find; Knock and it shall be opened unto to you."
*And choosing to believe does not mean just choosing to attend church, but making a decision to believe in the Lord and seek out a sincere relationship with Him.
The offer is on the table...
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