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Roasted Garlic

Psalm 36:7-9 Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you. They get strength from all the good things in your house. You let them drink from your wonderful river. The fountain of life flows from you. Your light lets us see light.

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Who God is, what He says, what He calls us to – all that God stuff – is decidedly inconvenient. Following Jesus was never going to be an easy road. So what we tend to do is to repackage Him, diminish Him, make Him much more convenient to fit in with our lifestyle … why not?!

I remember the very first time I tasted roasted garlic. It was in Walnut Creek, California. So my business associate, Chuck said, “Let’s do lunch,” as you do, and when we arrived at the restaurant, he insisted that we start with the house specialty, roast garlic.

Well, it was absolutely stunning; a huge knob of garlic, sliced in half, drenched in olive oil, roasted in the oven with a smooth nutty flavour unlike anything I’d ever tasted before. Fantastic!

But lately, the only garlic I seem to be able to buy are those nasty small knobs that’ve been bleached to make them white, draining all the flavour out of them.

Funny how we can take something that good, productise it, bleach the living daylights out of to make it look good, just to completely rob it of all it could have been?

And that, by and large, is what many people have done with God, diminishing His role in their lives to the point where He doesn’t impact them anymore. So, time for a wakeup call … just to remind us of the natural goodness of who God is. The psalmist writes to God:

Psalm 36:7-9 Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you. They get strength from all the good things in your house. You let them drink from your wonderful river. The fountain of life flows from you. Your light lets us see light.

Don’t productise God. Don’t shove Him into a convenient little box. If you do, you’ll miss out on all the goodness.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.


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