"Try It to Believe It," that's what the billboard advertising a new Pepsi soda suggested. I drove passed the sign rather quickly. However, I was able to see that the advertised Pepsi was not their standard one. It was a new product ... a new soda.
I'd like to think that here in the States, most of us have tried a Pepsi at least once. However, if this advertised product is indeed new, then many of us have not tried this particular drink. We could guess how the soda may taste based on our previous knowledge of how Pepsi normally tastes. But to know exactly how this new flavor taste, we'd have no choice but to try it.
And so, perhaps you should try God. Not that you haven't tried Him before ... But maybe this time, you should try Him in a different capacity. Maybe you should try God in a new flavor, and not prejudge this new divine flavor by your previous knowledge of Him.
Take Martha. She knew Jesus. She loved Him and acknowledged Him as the Christ. So, when her brother Lazarus fell ill, she knew to ask Jesus for help because she knew Him as a healer.
But when Lazarus died, she thought all hope was gone. However, Jesus had a different side to Him ... a side, a flavor, that Martha had not yet meet or tasted. Martha knew Jesus the Healer, but she had yet to meet Jesus the Resurrector. She knew Christ ... but not in that capacity, not in that way, and not in that flavor.
God goes by many names: Jehovah Jireh (The Lord will Provide), Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals), El Shaddia (Lord God Almighty), Jehovah Shalom (The Lord is Peace). Just as Pepsi, or any other drink company has various products to try, God has several ways in which He can be experienced. His titles are endless.
So, yes, perhaps you know God in one way, but maybe He's trying to expose you to a different version of His glory. Let God show you a different flavor. A new level. A different capacity. Learn of Him in a new experience and stand in awe at your new knowledge of just how good He is.
Psalm 34:8 states, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good." I am sure you know of a few flavors God has. And yes, I bet they were delicious. But for this new flavor, this new thing God is trying to get you to taste ... you'll have to do as the billboard suggested. You'll have to try it to believe it. And I am sure you'll be glad you did.
Quin Arrington is a wife, mother of two children, and author of three books. Her literary collection includes both fictional and nonfictional works. Books can be purchased at the link listed below. Thank you for time and attention. God bless!