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Peanut Butter Pie

Sunday - June 7th

Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Psalm 34:1-8

Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:1-12


Taste and see that the LORD is good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

Psalm 34:8

“Shawn, how are you and Lesli holding up?” My sister-in-law Stephanie (Troy’s wife) tapped on our door and asked us this kind question in the middle of the night. She knew we were in bad shape. It was the worst Thanksgiving ever, and I mean ever.

Thanksgivings changed over the years as my brother Troy, and I grew up, got married, and started families. That meant celebrating with a Thanksgiving meal at a local chain restaurant. Celebrating at a restaurant had all the benefits of a Thanksgiving at home minus the dish duty once everyone was done eating.

After eating turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes, the waitress came to take our order for dessert. Everyone ordered a piece of peanut butter pie except for my mom and Stephanie.

When the waitress brought the slices of pie out to our table a few moments later, we all sighed with delight at the sight before us. We had no idea what was coming...

Anyone who ordered peanut butter pie was violently ill that night and throughout the next day. It was the worst Thanksgiving ever!

There are times when things unfold that you just don’t see coming. You were hoping for an enjoyable experience, and you wind up wishing you never ordered the peanut butter pie. Life does not always leave a pleasant taste in your mouth.

Our God, on the other hand, can bring us a good taste even when our circumstances don’t. The psalmist reminds to “Taste and see that the LORD is good.”

There are times when life goes sideways, and we wonder, “Where was God when this happened?” Faith calls us to continue to engage God no matter how our circumstances get shaped or how bad the peanut butter pie might be.

In the New Testament Book of James, we are encouraged to draw near to God and watch God draw near to us. If life has left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t confuse life with God. Because we live in a sinful and fallen world, life is full of difficulties and challenges. God is good regardless of what life offers us or takes from us. When we draw near to God and taste what He has to offer, we begin to see how good God truly is.

The next time you are hesitant to engage God, take a step of faith, trust that God is good, and be willing to come to Him. Just steer clear of the peanut butter pie, and you will be alright.


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