So many of us spend our lives in the pursuit of sensory satisfaction. The best scent. The best flavour. The best sound. We want that certain look, that certain feeling, and we’re willing to try anything in the hopes of finding that standard of sensory perfection. But do we ever really find it?
The Israelite people spent forty years in the desert waiting to get into the promised land. While they waited, eating fists full of quail and manna, they dreamt of the Promised Land, a new home flowing with “milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8). They could almost taste it. Sadly, we know from the rest of the Old Testament that, once they entered the land, many of them forgot the Lord, the one who delivered them fromEgypt, the one who promised them the land in the first place. They still tasted the milk and the honey, but they forgot the God.
David wrote: “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
What was the Promised Land really? The promise of God’s inheritance. The promise of peace and rest. The promise of a community for God’s people, and of true, lasting satisfaction.
Sounds like what we have in Jesus.
Christ is our rest. The Prince of Peace. In him we have a new, eternal inheritance: “For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15). And he is the only source of true, lasting satisfaction. When Jesus met the Samaritan woman by the well in John 4, she asked him how he planned to draw water without a bucket. He promised her living water. He is the bread of life. Nobody satisfies the body, the spirit, or the soul like Jesus does. He’s our inheritance, our promise.
He’s our satisfaction; taste and see.
Matthew Westacott, OWI Youth Leader