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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sweet or Sour

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalm 19:10

A man invited his skeptical neighbor over to his orchard to try some of his prized apples. But his friend did not come. He contacted his friend and said, "I suppose you think my apples good for nothing." His neighbor replied, "Well, yes I have tried your apples and I think they are the sourest things I have ever tasted." "Oh," said the first, "I thought so. You see, I planted the sourest trees I could find around the outside of the orchard, for the benefit of the boys who would steal them. But if you come into the center of the orchard you will find some quality fruit, sweet as honey."

I read this story recently and it reminded me of the sweetness of being in the center of God’s will. It seems that when we drift from the place God calls us, we find things “sour” in every area of our lives. We loose our joy, our perspective, and our spiritual stamina.

However, when we are in the center of His will, we enjoy the intimate fellowship with Him that is “sweeter than honey”. Even when life is hard and we are faced with sorrow and hardship, we still find the sweetness of His presence invading our life. It is only here, in the center of His will, that the fruit of fellowship with Him overflows into every aspect of our life and affects the lives of others.

God’s plan for us is amazing really! He calls us to personal intimacy with Himself above all else, and when we are inhaling all that He has to offer to us personally, we find ourselves consumed with Him. We find ourselves ministering in the unexpected places and we see supernatural fruit flourishing in and through us.

What about you? Are you too busy to notice? Have you taken the time to stop long enough and examine what you are “feasting on”? When you survey your life over the past month, are things “sour” because you are choosing to venture into territory just on the outskirts of His will for your life? Are you choosing to eat of the fruit that leaves a bitter taste in your “spiritual mouth”? Or, are you enjoying the sweetness that comes from walking in intimate fellowship and obedience with Him? Do you taste and see the goodness of the Lord in YOUR life?

Take some time today to examine that which you are feasting on and either rejoice in the sweetness of our Savior and His nearness to you, or repent and take the steps back to the precious arms of the Savior who has never moved from where you drifted from. No matter where you find yourself today, you can find comfort in the reality that our glorious God, even as He produces fruit in and through each of us, both for our own benefit and the benefit of others, is always waiting for us to “taste and see that He alone is good”.

Lord, enable me today to put my own agenda aside long enough to evaluate the fruit I am bearing, as well as, the things I am “feasting” on. Help me to take the steps necessary to be in the center of Your will for my life, knowing that it is only there that I can taste the sweet fellowship with you and that others can taste and see Your goodness clearly in my life.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear you sister! LOL.

I have just recently found the sweet fruit of a more intimate relationship with God.

I am in the midst of some sour stuff myself, but I am finding the sweet honey in the midst of it, as I know I'm in God's Will for me.

Thank you for this great post. xo

October 16, 2008 at 2:51 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Wonderful post, bless you.

October 16, 2008 at 4:14 AM  
Blogger sasha said...

thank you so much, i pray i will have the courage to take the steps necessary to be in the center of His will, right now i suspect otherwise...thanks again!

October 16, 2008 at 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Devita said...

Thank you for sharing this writing Tammy. I have to thankful for His gift, no matter what it is. I have to get close with Him. I need Him.

October 16, 2008 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

You are so right Tammy. When things get to tasting sour in my life...I realize it's me...not Him, nor others. I must stay in the vine to remain the fruit He can use!

I loved that story and the message is essential ---especially in the days we are in!

October 16, 2008 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Yes, I have been abiding in His sweet fruit too, it is sooooo wonderful! I am eagerly waiting for God to use me for His glory through my life. Please keep me in your prayers. Hope you can stop by my "Blessings and Struggles of Single Moms" blog to see How He has been working in me lately.

October 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Wow, a great post Tammy and very timely for me. Thank you!

I had some time out yesterday and spent some time with God, and will continue to do so over the weekend, and was able to sweeten up some of the sourness that has been surrounding me lately. Sourness does make me lose our joy, perspective and spiritual stamina, but I sure am glad that I know where to go to get some sweetness back in my days!

Thank you again! Paula :-)

October 16, 2008 at 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anna said...

This blog forum reminded me recently how sweet it is to fellowship equally yoked. When I go to the sweet blogs..all of you here..I am encouraged and inspired.

My work also requires that I go out among the sour apples where I get discouraged and see no light.

This is such a good lesson. It is more fruitful to be close to the vine where the nutrients come straight from the roots. It makes us firmly planted in his word.

October 16, 2008 at 9:47 PM  

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