March 13, 2011
He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy. Acts 14:17
Many of us, having received a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror, decide it's time to go on a diet. It's time to start counting calories.
Although it's certainly not scientific, a lady recently told me calories are a good way of measuring how fine a particular food tastes.
• By her calculations, fudge has a great many calories because it tastes so good.
• Brussels sprouts, her least favorite edible, were said to have no calories at all.
• And celery? For her celery wasn't a food. She said celery ought to be considered a member of the plywood family.
Silly? Of course! Even so, this sinful world does seem to be set up that way. Long ago, and beginning with our original ancestors, the devil learned the success of saying, "Go ahead, eat. Tasting this forbidden fruit will be delicious." That technique has been so effective that today many people have concluded sinning is fun and following the Savior is boring.
That's just plain wrong. God is the Giver of every good and perfect gift; He is the One who sent His Son to be sacrificed in our stead. He is the One who wants all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
And what truth should we know? We should most definitely know that while the devil's pleasures are transitory, the gifts of God remain good and His love is everlasting.
And returning to the lady's theory about calories and goodness ... you can be sure the Lord's love is neither fattening nor immoral.
It is -- like the Lord -- just plain good. So indulge yourself. Enjoy the great gifts of God. They won't add an ounce to your frame, but they will make you smile and bring you joy.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, let us clearly see Satan's temptations for the sinful silliness that they are. Let Your grace and peace push out of our hearts those things which just take up space. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries