I declare in Jesus’ name God is manifesting Himself to me in a new way. I see just how good He is! I will share His goodness with those around me today and bring Him glory.
THE TASTE OF WATER INTO WINE
Call me crazy, but I think that wine is a huge counterpart to something very supernatural in the kingdom. I guess this makes me somewhat of a Holy Ghost wino.
You see, when it comes to wine, the simplest flavors are the easiest to recognize. Very ripe, jammy fruit and vanilla flavors are perfectly natural for new wine drinkers to relate to. They are familiar and likable. The problem with these “soft drink-like” flavors is they lack complexity.
That’s the way it is with tasting or experiencing God’s presence.
He shows up first in ways that you can easily recognize. But, then He moves you on to much more unique, personal and complex “tasting” or experiences with Him. That’s called “fine wine.”
Complex and fine wines dance in your mouth. They change even as you’re tasting them. Like a good painting, the more you look, the more there is to see. Truly aged wines often evolve from complex into sublime. How long do the flavors linger after you swallow? That’s a good indication of maturity.
Beginning wine drinkers tend to move on too quickly to the next sip when there is a really good, mature wine in the glass. Hold on! Let the wine finish its dance.
Likewise, let the Lord finish His experience with you before you move on to a new encounter. Savor the “flavor” of your encounter with God. He is good. When you encounter Him in different levels as you progress in your relationship with Him, you will truly taste His goodness.
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine – the best of meats and the finest of wines. – Isaiah 25:6
From my book: Good Overcomes Evil