Lent 2019 – Day 34

By on 08/04/2019

Taste and See

Monday 8th April

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him. (Psalm 34:8)

My son went to the fridge and suspected the milk had gone bad. He turned towards me and asked me to taste it just to confirm his suspicion. I want to say, “why would I want to taste it if it is sour?” So, I try to look at it and smell it rather than risk tasting the sour milk. Has that ever happened to you?

This week we are reflecting on any areas of our lives where we may have turned our conscience or our warning countdown sounder down.

An area where I ignore my warning countdown sounder can be in dealing with conflict in relationships. Sometimes I know the right thing to do yet I keep the peace, let things slide or build a wall to protect myself.

Holding on to past hurts or plotting revenge is like choosing to guzzle a bottle of sour milk. When I hold on to negativity, everything else takes on that sour smell, taste and acidity. The bitterness takes root in me and makes me relate to people with distrust, insecurity, criticism, guilt, anger, suspicion and fear.

So, if something has happened that left a bad taste in your mouth, how are you going to get rid of it? How are you going to keep the bitterness from taking over your life?

Peter wrote, “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3

His antidote for getting rid of the taste of bitterness is to crave the goodness of God.

Have you experienced the goodness and kindness of God? Peter is telling us to remember that and spit the acid bitterness out. Time with God tastes so much sweeter than the sourness of resentment or revenge.

We hear the saying that “time heals all wounds.” But that is not true. Only the goodness of God can get the taste of bitterness out of our mouths and the root of bitterness out of our hearts.

Don’t waste another day.

Spend time with God and see how good God is and spit out any sourness or bitterness today.

PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. Increase my hunger for you and take away the bitterness in me so that I might experience your goodness and the fulness of life you have created me for. Amen.

Written by
Sandra Purcell: Responsible for assisting Bruce with his Ministry as well as research and resource development.

8 comments on “Lent 2019 – Day 34

  1. Thank you so very much for sharing with us this heart felt message that was very timely. After leaving church services, I opened up this email that was very close to the message delivered today. I truly appreciate your ministry and pray that my words of encouragement will help and be enhanced with financial blessings very soon.


  2. Hello

    This message is timely. I know how easy for me to turn off my warning sounds. Sometimes I have a really good excuse, like I need to do my prayers so cant possibly do needed housework. How easy it is to do in super busy times. So I am turning and asking God to work within me and bring me closer to the woman He wants me to be. God Bless all of the Catholic Guy ministries

  3. I always look forward to your messages.
    They remind me how to live in this world of so much disarray.
    Thank you

  4. Thank you Sandra. A beautiful reflection. I am trying to throw out the sour milk and replace it with fresh spiritual milk so I can taste and feel the goodness and love of God who heals all things.

  5. Thank you Sandra for today’s Lenten reflection. I’m thankful to the Lord for catching my hubby’s bug and got a chance to stay home and rest with the Lord!!! I remember reading the scripture passage where Martha’s sister, Mary sat close at Jesus feet so as to listen attentively all that Jesus said, rather than help Martha with household duties and preparing the meal. Mary chose the most important way.And today I have the choice to do just that too! You’re right Sandra lets not waste time!
    Taste and see the goodness of the Lord!!!
    God bless, Valerie

  6. Thanks so much Sandra. I love the example you gave of sour milk! It made me reflect a lot and I’m going to use your example when I deal with other friends or members of family. Oh my Lord help us all to learn more about you and put all in practice Amen

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