God could just as easily have created us without the ability to taste. We could have been constructed in such a way that we consumed food at set times each day merely for nourishment and energy. Flavor would have been a foreign concept to a people with no taste buds. Ah....think of all the wonderful, delicious things we would have missed!
This stack of fluffy, golden pancakes with sweet maple syrup drizzling down the sides - does that make your mouth water? Such a response to food is one of the blessings of a sense of taste. Anticipation of that first tasty bite is part of the pleasure of a good dish of food.
Here are a few interesting verses in the bible about food:
"Men ate the bread of angels; He sent them all the food they could eat" Psalm 78:25. This verse refers to God sending manna from heaven for the Israelites to eat in the wilderness. God called the manna "bread of angels." Doesn't that have a lovely ring to it?
"He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you" Psalm 81:16. Again, the verse refers to the Israelites, this time it speaks of the sad loss that resulted from their disobedience to God.
We'll end these food-related verses with a happy one - "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him" Psalm 34:8. This Psalm of David opens a wondrous door to the men and women who trust in the Lord. Through our faith, we are enabled to see how good God is and to actually taste His magnificence in our lives. Yum, pass me another, please.
Thank you, O Lord, for your goodness and mercy and grace -- and for all the wonderful foods you've provided for us to enjoy!
Note: Larry created that lovely stack of pancakes one morning last week (: