To experience God with all senses

521 experienced with all senses godI am sure that we all pray that beloved non-believing people - family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues - give God a chance. Each of them represents a point of view about God. Is the God you imagine the triune God revealed in Jesus? How can we help them to know this God in a deeply personal way? King David wrote, "Taste and see that the Lord is kind!" (Ps 34,9 NGÜ). How can we help them to respond to this invitation? This is not a marketing gimmick - David points to the profound truth that God makes himself known to anyone who seeks Him. He invites us to a resilient, life-changing relationship with God that encompasses all dimensions of our human existence!

Tastes that the Lord is kind

Taste? Yes! To experience the perfect goodness of God is like a delicious meal or drink that caresses the tongue. Think of the bittersweet, slow-melting chocolate or harmoniously ripened red wine that surrounds your tongue. Or think of the taste of a tender fillet of beef tenderloin seasoned with a perfect mix of salt and spices. Something similar happens when we get to know the God revealed in Jesus. We want the glorious enjoyment of his goodness to last forever!

Meditating on the richness of the being of the triune God and the complexity of his ways awakens the hunger for the things of God. Jesus said, "Happy are those who go hungry and thirsty for righteousness; because they will be full "(Mt 5,6 NGÜ). When we get to know God personally, we long for justice - for good and right relationships - for us, God. Especially when things are bad, that desire is so intense that it hurts, as if we were starving or dying of thirst. We see this intensity in the service of Jesus to his fellow man and his pain to those who reject God. We see it in his desire to reconcile relationships - especially our relationship with his Heavenly Father. Jesus, the Son of God, came to establish that good and fulfilling right relationship with God - to participate in God's work, to align all relationships well. Jesus Himself is the bread of life that satisfies our deep hunger and our hope for good and right relationships. Taste that the Lord is kind!

See that the Lord is benevolent

Look? Yes! Through our eyesight we see beauty and perceive form, distance, movement and color. Remember how frustrating it is when what we really want to see is hidden. Think of an avid birdwatcher who hears the sound of a long-sought, rare species but can not see it. Or the frustration of trying to find your way through an unknown dark room at night. Then consider the following: How can we experience the goodness of a God who is invisible and transcendent beyond our human imagination? This question reminds me of what Moses, perhaps a little frustrated, requested of God, "Let me see your glory!" To which God responded, "I will allow all goodness to pass before you" (2, Mo 33,18-19). ,

The Hebrew word for glory is "kabod". The original translation for this is weight and was used to express the charisma of the totality of God (visible to all and joyful to all) - all his goodness, holiness and uncompromising faithfulness. When we see the glory of God, everything hidden is removed and we see that our triune God is really kind and that his ways are always right. In the glory of his justice and judgment, God is determined to put everything right. Our God of peace and life-giving love is against all evil and guarantees that evil has no future. The triune God shines in His glory and reveals His essence and presence - the fullness of His merciful and just grace. The light of God's glory shines in our darkness and reveals the splendor of its beauty. See that the Lord is benevolent.

A journey of discovery

Getting to know the triune God is not like quickly snapping down a fast food meal or casually watching a three-minute video clip. In order to get to know the God revealed in Jesus Christ, it is necessary that the blinders be taken from our eyes and that the sense of taste be restored. It means being miraculously healed to see and taste God for who He really is. Our imperfect senses are much too weak and damaged to grasp the fullness and glory of our transcendent, holy God. This healing is a lifelong gift and task - a wonderful, exploratory journey of discovery. It is like a rich meal in which the taste almost explodes over several courses, with each course surpassing the previous one. It's like a riveting sequel series with countless episodes - you can watch it, but never get tired or bored.

Although it is a journey of discovery, getting to know the triune God in all His glory is about one central point - what we see and know in the person of Jesus. As Immanuel (God with us) he is the Lord and the God who became visible and touchable man. Jesus became one of us and lived among us. By looking to Him as He is represented in the Scriptures, we discover Him who is "full of grace and truth" and we see the "glory" of the "only Son who comes from the Father" (Jn 1,14 NGÜ). Although "no one has ever seen God ... the only Son has revealed Him to us, Himself who is God and sits by the side of the Father" (Jn 1,18 NGÜ). To see God as he really is, we need not look further than the Son!

Go and say it

Psalm 34 paints a picture of the one God who is benevolent, just, loving and personal - of God, who wants his children to experience his presence and kindness, and to free them from evil. He tells of a God who is so real that our lives are changed forever and our hearts, as in Moses, yearn for him and his ways. This is the triune God whom we introduce to our loved ones and loved ones. As followers of Jesus, we are called to share in the ministry of the evangelization of our Lord by sharing the gospel (the good news) that the Lord is truly a good God. Taste, see and say that the Lord is kind.

from Greg Williams


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