"Knowing God is not the path to the "good life"; it is the good life!"
Today is Valentine's Day, so happy Valentine's Day 2017. I wish you all the love in the world, and I encourage you to serve (or pray for) someone in your family or church until you feel love again (John 15:12-13).
There is an interesting legend concerning Valentine's Day that dates back to AD 278 when a priest named Valentine was executed by the cruel Emperor Cladius II. What was his crime? Go to this link for the rest of the story (the link will take you to history.com).
As you think about "love" on Valentine's Day, I want to encourage you to fall in love with the WORD. The Psalmist encouraged us to delight in the Lord with these words, "Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun." (Psalm 37:4-6)
As I was searching for Bible verse related to "loving the Word" I came across 1 Peter 2:1-3. It talks about two things: (1) ridding yourself of evil and (2) craving the pure spiritual milk of the word. Verse 3 is what really caught my attention because I wasn't expecting it! 1 Peter 2:3 reads like this, ". . . now that you have tasted that the Lord is God."
It's actually no surprise to read in the Bible that God is good. From Genesis to Revelation we are taught that God is good and that goodness cannot be separated from Him (Genesis 1:4, 10, 18; Psalm 107:1; James 1:17). God's goodness is in fact rather reassuring! What if God was all-knowing and all-powerful, but not completely good? Thankfully God is 100% good; there is no evil in his character.
So here was my surprise when I read 1 Peter 2:3--God's goodness is the foundational motivation for "getting rid of evil" and "craving pure spiritual milk". So if I want to make progress in my relationship with the Lord, perhaps I should begin by "tasting of His goodness."
Psalm 34:8 -- "Taste and see that the Lord is good."