Have You Lost Your Taste?

It was the fourth day of my illness when I went to eat some shrimp fettucine. My wife says, “I think I put too much garlic in it.” I said, “I can’t smell a thing,” and then realized my taste was disappearing. What a bummer! I love shrimp fettucine!

I ground up some coffee and couldn’t smell it either. This was misery!

I heard from a number of others who had been sick, that they had lost their smell and taste as well. As I write this, I can testify it will come back, or at least it has for me to a large degree.

I got to thinking, there is something a lot worse than losing your physical taste buds! Losing your taste for God.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalms 34:8) says the Psalmist. Anyone who has truly been saved knows this to be true! The invitation still stands and the expectation is still the same, but something can happen to the believer to cause him to lose his taste. I mean to get to where there is no hunger and thirst for the word of God, church, prayer or service. This is a bad place to be in, but it happens far too often. Here are some reasons people lose their taste:

  1. They have not developed roots in their faith – “And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness (It taste good!). And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Words sake, immediately they are offended.” (It no longer tastes good!) Mark 4:16-17 Roots are developed in secret!


  1. They are filled with something else – “The full soul loatheth the honeycomb…” Proverbs 27:7 As a kid my mother use to say, don’t spoil your dinner! We would get a bag of cookies and if we weren’t warned, we would eat the whole bag! So it is with the things of God! People struggle getting anything out of church, their Bible, or the singing because they stayed up to late feeding their flesh! Sugar is all right, but it will spoil your appetite! To desire flesh more than manna would explain why you have no appetite for the things of God. See Numbers 11:5
  1. They don’t understand the Word or find it difficult to follow and so give up on it. Read John 6:60-66

This is why we need to “trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not unto our own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

These may cause us to lose our taste, but the Lord knows how to make the things of God taste good to us again. As we get older and can no longer enjoy the things of this world, we have no choice but to turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full into his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace! Somebody ought to make a song about that! (:


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