I do not like flavored coffee. I do not like it here or there. I do not like it anywhere. Regardless, flavored coffee exists. It’s also really popular around winter. For me, flavored coffee is hard to swallow. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I want coffee that takes like coffee. I want something that is pleasing to the taste. Now that I think about it, God’s Word is kind of like flavored coffee. It’s not always easy to swallow. It’s not always pleasant.
Years ago, a bumper sticker was made that said God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It. Still, it doesn’t matter what I think. God said it. That settles it. The thing to keep in mind here is that God is…well, God. You are not. You never will be, and neither will I. His ways are higher. Yours will always come second. He says as much in His Word.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8)
I don’t know why God is the way He is. I’ll never understand why He does or did certain things, at least not on this side of eternity. What I do know is that He gave us His Son, Jesus.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)
The Bible also tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23b).
Why do we need a Savior? We are all fallen human beings whose righteousness is like filthy rags (Romans 3:23, Isaiah 64:6). As a result, we need to repent and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. That’s what God wants.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).
That’s the same Jesus that was born to a virgin and laid in a manager. That’s the same Jesus who makes people all warm and fuzzy with teachings such as love your neighbor, turn the other cheek and give to the poor. However, that same Jesus told people to repent (Matthew 4:17). He preached about Hell*. He talked about belief, specifically in Him.
For some people, even those who call themselves Christians, these teachings from Jesus are not easy. They’re hard to swallow. They are not pleasant. Whether you like it or not, that does not make it go away. Just like flavored coffee.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
*Matthew 5:22, 29, 30, 10:28, 11:23, 16:18, 18:9, 23:15, 23:33
Mark 9:43, 45, 47
Luke 10:15, 12:5, 16:23