[CF Devotionals] 2019-09-03 - Tastes Change

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Formerly open to many and most flavors of food and drink, I have now developed discriminating tastes that I do not fully understand. A few of them are due to natural body changes leading to intolerance, and I have figured most of those out so I can avoid them. But some others are just weird-specifically with bread. Sara Lee® honey wheat bread is one we have rotated into our regular sandwich breads for years, and suddenly. it tastes too sweet to me. Often, I can only tolerate it toasted with savory items on it, such as in a BLT sandwich. There are times that people’s taste buds go through changes due to several medications that they take regularly over a long period of time, but that does not apply here, so I guess my body just needs something else now and has notified me accordingly. Similarly, I never liked the flavor of honey in tea, after trying it several times. But now, when it is in the right combination of other ingredients, I find it refreshing.

Have you ever suddenly had no interest in something you used to love, or developed an interest in something you have never liked, and you could not explain why? Sometimes it can be clearly for your own physical well-being, like when I suddenly lost interest in smoking after seventeen years of the habit. But other times, it is more about spiritual and emotional stability when our tastes change, and for our minds to be clearer, our bodies need to be their best, too. And while we do not always understand the reason for changes of all kinds that happen in our lives, we can be sure that when we trust in God’s plan, our faith will be rewarded according to His will. He keeps his promises. With all His effort to make a way for us to get back to Him, I find no other conclusion.

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.” (Romans 8:26-30 NLT)

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12 NIV)

“The Lord rewards everyone for their righteousness and faithfulness. The Lord delivered you into my hands today, but I would not lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed. (1 Samuel 26:23 NIV)

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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