The most intimate and mystical experience, seems to be that of taste in the spirit , through which we receive, the kiss of God in our inmost being. The Holy Spirit gives the sweetest kiss in the form of love poured into our temple through fire, light, life, water, and wind. To Taste of God expresses unconditional and infinite love, which is the ultimate source behind all that exists.
Let me introduced you to the senses taste, hear, see, smell and touch as nuggets of spiritual knowledge leading to the experience of God. Yet an even more profound communication is through the spiritual sense of taste. Many know the Psalmist David used this very taste word to describe the intensity of knowing and being convinced in the Spirit that tasting God leads to ultimate knowledge and trust which is directly correlated with wisdom and sight. To taste is to activate all the other spiritual senses in that they are directly linked to the opening of the eyes (Wisdom the third eye placed in the forehead or it is often referred to as the mind’s eye) and each sense is interdependent on each other. “O taste and see the goodness of God!” Psalms 34:8
Spiritual Nourishment Through Tasting
Think of all the words we have to describe “taste,” amazing, appetizing, delightful, enticing, exquisite, divine, luscious, delicious, sweet, savory, decadent, succulent, delectable, yummy, tantalizing, scrumptious, lip-smacking, distinctive, spicy, to name a few. Yet how often do we use words to describe an experience with God? Taste is a way in which the presence of God invokes our Spirit, the Divine, and the supernatural. When we taste of God, He becomes real to us, through us, by us and within us.
When we taste something, we take nourishment into our bodies and it truly becomes part of us. We transfer it into our own being and our own flesh, thereby making it a part of our ordinary consciousness. We can agree that Spiritual food nourishes the spiritual man causing him to be strong, spiritually healthy and ready to for battle.
Spiritual Foods help with consenting to the presence and activity of God within us. Just like the food and drink that we take in and make a part of ourselves, delightfully tasting it as it transforms us so, too is the spiritual food that we take in.
Type of Spiritual Food
Reading the Word
Listening to and Listening for the Voice of God
Seeking after Spiritual Gifts
The Fruit of the Spirit
Devoting Ourselves to Holiness
The sense of taste is given to us for the sole enjoyment of life. It brings us closer to what we are craving. The freer we are in allowing our tastebuds to roam, the greater our experience in the nourishment we receive and the said is true in the spirit.
Slow Down and Relish the Taste
Too often we move through eating, drinking, and tasting in quick, unconscious, and rote ways. Sometimes we use the same method in tasting in the spiritual in our yearning to know God. Taste can be a vehicle to knowing God through our bodies because taste is truly to perceive something by experiencing it. Taste requires us to consciously choose to be involved, be in the moment for our cravings to be satiated and for us to truly enjoy that which we are tasting. The key though is to slow down and be still.
When we rest in the stillness of God’s presence, when we rest in our heart and we are no longer distracted, we begin to taste what we have been looking for, like the Samaritan woman at the well, John 4:4–26 . We begin to know the sweet nectar of profound peace, stillness and silence.
Just as the external senses are mechanisms for experiencing the physical on earth , the spiritual senses open us to the awareness of a divine, supernatural world. While the five senses can never adequately describe or be a perfect portal for encountering the invisible. Behind each awakened sense is an invitation for me to consent to a deeper knowing and understanding of the spiritual world. Wholeness can be found in the way we dine.
Taste, He is Good
Remember the sense of taste is given to us for the sheer enjoyment of life; it brings us closer to what we are craving in the natural. Cravings, and passions, seem to come out of a desire to satisfy and appease the urge to do, to be, become and to get more of. These urges are persistent, and relentless.
The urges described above are parallel to the calling of Spirit, or a connection to our higher self. We feed our passion and craving with Spiritual foods and behaviors which are fruits. These are sacramental tools that allow us to taste the divine, and to experience the reality of God within ourselves. What do we see when we taste?
His divine presence infuses all “flavors” whenever we consciously choose to slow down and partake.
In ending, taste symbolizes the most intimate experience of knowing the Divine in human form.
Happy 2020, it’s the year of double. Twenty means redemption and we are in this season to redeem all that is for us in the body of Christ. According to the Bible, number 20 could be a symbol of redemption, as well as a symbol of completion and perfection.
Debbie Miller Curtis
Prayer Works Evangelism Outreach Ministries