God is not like a jar of Vegemite

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

When my wife and I first arrived in Deni from Canada in 2003, we were introduced to something we had never heard of before: Vegemite!

We were given a small jar of the mystery substance. It has never been opened. It sits on a shelf.

I was told it is ‘an acquired taste’.

Finally, on another trip to Aus, I tried a bit on a cracker, but it did not grab me. So the little jar remains tightly closed.

Some folks seem to think that believing in God is an acquired taste.

Like our unopened jar of Vegemite they don’t think they’ll give God a try. Probably not to their liking. It might interfere with their lifestyle.

Unlike our little jar of Vegemite, I gave God a try early on. And I’m glad I did.

There’s a truth in the Bible that goes like this: ‘‘Taste and see that the Lord is good. Happy is the one who takes refuge in God.’’ (Psalm 34:8)

Along with numberless others, I can attest that this promise is spot on.

Those who are trusting in God as Lord of their lives have found true peace through release from guilt and deep forgiveness.

Unlike Vegemite, God is not ‘an acquired taste’.

Jesus made this promise during his time on earth: ‘‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.’’ (Matthew 7:7-8).

Jesus is not offering a jar of Vegemite, but he is offering you an invitation to life.

I recommend you knock on that door.

~ Contributed by Pastor Jack Lindquist of St Andrew’s Uniting Church, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.