BY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JON PAUSLEY - OKOBOJI BIBLE CONFERENCE MINISTRIES
The kiwi is quite an interesting fruit isn’t it?
Brown and haggard on the outside yet bright green with black seeds on the inside. I remember, as a child, it took quite a long time for me to be convinced that I should try one. It just didn't make any sense to a child that a fruit that looks the way a kiwi does would be any good.
One brave day I decided to make the leap. Kiwis are still one of my favorite fruits to this day.
There is a Psalmist who wrote years ago: "Taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him!" (Psalm 34:8).
One of the things about kiwi is that unless you taste it you will never really know if you like it. In the same way the Psalmist of old speaks to us today and says taste and see that God is good.
In life we have many experiences where expectations are met with a disappointing reality. We have been oversold and underdelivered enough times to make us leery and question.
It is understandable.
There is a reason that the old adage: "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is" continues to circulcate today. This can easily transition into our view of God.
God as he reveals himself in the Bible never forces obedience or trust. He always invites us to experience him and see that he is good and faithful. Sometimes it can be scary to make the leap to trust, or as the Psalmist wrote, take refuge in God. However, we are invited to experience that God is good.
Have you ever allowed yourself to experience God? Have you ever given God the chance to show his goodness to you? I would encourage you to try. A great place to start is with prayer.
Give God the chance to show you that He is good. If you need a warmup to trust, perhaps trying a kiwi will help!