A Gentle Dare

The Lord kindly dares his church to ask for a habitation of His presence, rather than a temporary visitation. The Psalmist challenges us, "Taste and see that the LORD is good..." (Psa. 34:8a). No longer a still, small voice! Jesus is loudly asking us, Taste! First taste and enjoy My visitation. Come and taste and experience My initial, warm encounter. Yes Lord, we have so been enjoying the warmth of your touch in our meetings, the blessing of your presence, a taste of what's to come. But a taste is just an initiation, a first impression. Church, I need to confess there's a certain contentment that comes with God's visitation. Oh, and what a joyful contentment it is! It's a real temptation just to accept and hold on to this current, glorious visitation. But church, we must refuse to be content if we're going to experience the fullness of His dare. "Taste (visititation) and see (habitation)..." God wants us to simply take him at his word. I dare you to step out in faith (taste) to experience My goodness, because you'll find out for yourself (see), once and for all, that My arms of goodness are always wide open to you. I am a good, good God. See for yourself; I dare you. "Blessed is the one who takes refuge in him" (Psa. 34:8b). Hallelujah! Thank you, Lord.

- Pastor Roy