I. When Human Reason Equates to Tasteless Seasoning
(Based on II Kings 7:2)
There once was a man whose reasoning
Was like a tasteless seasoning.
Like salt that’s lost its flavor,
It simply would not let him savor
The truths locked up inside God’s Word –
In this case, prophecy he’d heard:
That, “About this time tomorrow”
God would end the city’s sorrow,
And this town by famine torn
Would have good reason not to mourn
Because the “shepherd of the sheep”
Would make the food supply so cheap.
But in a town besieged with war,
This reasoning man could not ignore
The bitter strum of endless doubt
Which in his hungry ears did shout,
“On your own strength you must rely.
For it you don’t, you’ll surely die.”
II. Human Reasoning Can Lead to Doubt
So, when Elisha gave the word,
He chose to question what he heard.
Instead of shouting, “What great news!”
He sort of blew a little fuse,
Recoiling almost instantly.
“You make it sound as if it’s free!”
“Who are you – some cute Pollyanna
Trusting God to rain down manna?
How He would do that, I can’t see.
But even so, how could it be?
My human reasoning says no,
It cannot fly, it will not go.”
This man on whom the king did lean
Could not accept what he’d not seen.
Nor could this person understand
What his intellect could not command
But let his reasoning replace
The mighty wonders of God’s grace.
III. Jesus Can Cure Tasteless Seasoning Caused by Human Reasoning
He had allowed his faith to rust
And so lay trampled in the dust.
But that need not be so with us
If we’ll let Jesus steer our “bus.”
For He is THE true bread from heaven
Whose Word can counteract the leaven
Of legalism and deceit,
The tasteless salt we cannot eat.
He adds true flavor to the meat
Of joy that makes our lives so sweet.
His faith enables us to receive
What human reasoning won’t believe.