My husband was invited to preach at a Polish church in Poznan a few years back (well, he’s preached at multiple churches, but I am going to use this illustration today).
He is such a stinker sometimes, too.
You know, if you meet him in real life, you don’t know if he’s funny or serious. And you don’t know whether you should laugh or be afraid. And his deadpan face is not giving you any indication which emotion you should feel.
So when he got up in front of this congregation, he broke out a box of chocolates. You need to understand that when he preaches in Poland, he has a translator.
Therefore, he is standing up there with the pastor of the church who is acting as the translator for him. And when Richard broke out a box of chocolates, he began to eat them. In front of the pastor. In front of the congregation. In front of God 😉
Anyhow, he began to eat them and he did not share. And he kept telling all of us how good the chocolates were. Then he began his sermon.
It went something like this, Do you know these chocolates? Are they good? How do you know? Have you tried them? Or are you believing they are good based upon how much I am enjoying them? Let me tell you. Let me guarantee it. This box of chocolates is GOOD!
At which point I believe he even began to smack his lips and lick his fingers.
Friends, God is like this box of chocolates. Good! But the thing is, you will never know unless you try. Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (NLT)
And, of course, he continued with his sermon. (And, yes, the chocolates got shared with great enthusiasm later)
But the thing is, we all probably remember a different famous quote that has to do with chocolate from Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates; You never know what you’re going to get.”
My friends, God is not like Forrest Gump’s chocolates because with God you do know what you are going to get.
You are going to get peace in times of trouble.
Strength in the times of weary.
Courage in the times of timidity.
And understanding in times of confusion.
How do you get these things?
Today I read from The Message in chapter 8 about the Roman captain that came before Jesus for the healing of one of his workers. Jesus said that he would go with the captain to his worker. But the captain said (paraphrasing), “Just tell me you’ll heal him. If you do, I know it will happen.” Jesus said (paraphrasing) “I have never seen such simple trust!” And, with that simple trust, the man’s worker was healed.
Friends, I encourage you today. Simply trust in the fact that God is good. Even better than a box of chocolates!
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (NLT)