Try it! You’ll like it!

Written by Harry Curry on Jan 24, 2014 in - No Comments

“Try it, You’ll Like it!” Those were the words of an Alka-Seltzer commercial from the early 70’s.  Most of us don’t remember the rest of the commercial.  The customer was challenged by the waitress to ‘try it.’  He tried it.  His only comment was, “I thought I was going to die.” At that point Alka-Seltzer would save the day.

G. K. Chesterton once said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.”  I recently found biblical support for that sentiment in Hebrews 5:13.

The Book of Hebrews celebrates that Jesus is the High Priest. The argument is exhaustive and thoroughly convincing.  But, by chapter 5 verse 11 the author acknowledges that we are not “getting it.”  We seem to lack the spiritual maturity to understand the whole concept.  In fact, he uses the classic illustration – we are living on milk rather than solid food.  By verse 13 he gives a diagnosis. It is because we are unskilled in the word of righteousness.  That piqued my curiosity.  What does it mean to be unskilled?

The Greek word is “apeiros.”  It is used only one time in the New Testament.  But, it is  used a second time in the book of Hebrews without the little prefix (a-). The author used the word “peiros” in chapter 11, verse 29.  He states that “when the Egyptians attempted to follow the Israelites” they were drowned.  The word peiros is translated into English as “attempted.”

What huge insight that brings to our spiritual journey.  Some versions translate the word as inexperienced, unacquainted, not accustomed, or unqualified. But, the most literal definition says that we simply have not tried.  How often in our spiritual life do we give up before we even try?  May the Lord give us the courage and faith to try.  May our love for the Lord Himself compel us.

The psalmist said, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”   Try it!  You’ll like it!