November 25, 2009
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:6
Thanksgiving, for United States' folk, is coming.
Then come the holidays . . . and the parties . . . and the baking . . . and the sweets . . . and the . . . .
Before we know it, we will be looking at New Year's resolutions and many of us will climb on the scale, look down at the numbers and say, "That's not good. I'm going to have to lose weight in the New Year."
The same thing happens every year. Why? The bottom line is this: we're just not very good with temptation. Look at the verse that began this devotion. Eve saw something that looked real good to eat, and she ate, and her husband . . . he thought it looked pretty good, too. And he ate.
You see, we're not very good with temptation.
If that's your story, this devotion is coming to the rescue. We're giving all you chocolate lovers the news you've been hoping would arrive.
There is a chocolate sale going on that helps you lose weight. It's called Lola chocs. The stuff is 100 percent natural and tastes like normal chocolate (or so I've been told). It's got extra ingredients that help a person feel full. Two Lola chocs before a meal and you won't feel like eating very much.
Now I haven't tasted the stuff so I can't recommend it, but I do have to say the chocolate, because of the microscopic algae they use in processing it, is an interesting shade of green. See, it's working; you don't feel nearly as hungry, do you?
Maybe Lola chocs can help us with the eating temptation, but what are we going to do with the millions of other temptations the devil and the world dump before us? I doubt if there's a chocolate that can help with all those.
The truth is we're not very good with temptations. Oh, as Christians we resist, but we still slip, stumble, and fall. This is precisely why we sinners need to approach the Lord and say, "Be merciful." It is why we need to be so very thankful for the birth of the Savior who is good news of great joy for the world . . . for us . . . and for everyone who isn't very good with temptation.
Salvation over temptation -- that is something for which to be most thankful.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we humans aren't very good with temptation. We try to avoid the wrong, and we often end up doing it anyway. Today we give thanks for the Savior who has managed to avoid the temptations that trip us up. May we give thanks for Him this day and always. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries