When You give it to them, they gather it up; when You open Your hand, they are filled with good things. Psalms 104:28
The other day I received a piece of spam e-mail telling me of a little pill which, when placed into your gas tank immediately before you filled up your vehicle, would increase mileage by 25 percent.
Now, my family and friends all know I'm not a mechanic. Even so, you don't have to be a mechanic to know that if a product seems too good to be true, it probably is too good to be true. Without ordering the product, I asked the company to remove me from its mailing list and deleted the spam.
The truth is -- as some drivers in Ohio found out -- not everything you put into your gas tank is a beneficial addition.
Let me explain. Recently, motorists at three gas stations in the communities of Medina, Fairlawn and Massillon, Ohio, went to fill up their vehicles with regular gasoline. The problem for the drivers began when the pumps they used dispensed diesel fuel into their vehicles' gas tank and not the anticipated 87-octane gas.
Having already confessed my ignorance of the internal combustion engine, I turned to my friends who are gifted in such matters. They informed me that putting diesel fuel in a car that runs on gasoline is a very, very bad idea. The vehicle owners in Ohio agree. Most of them say the switch that took place at the pump is going to cost them thousands of dollars in repairs.
This all goes to prove it does make a difference what goes into your tank.
The same principle holds true spiritually. The Lord originally created humankind to be filled with love and knowledge of Him. Tragically, Adam and Eve listened to the suggestions of Satan's snake and concluded they could run just as well on his alternative fuel. They ate from the forbidden fruit, and the damages which resulted can never be calculated in dollars.
The relationship between the created and the Creator was broken; death entered the world and hell became the ultimate and final destination for the disobedient.
Thankfully, God's Son came into this world to set things right. By offering Himself as our Substitute our sins were destroyed, death was defeated and, for all who believe, heaven was once again their eternal home.
As the Psalmist said, God opened His hand, and we are filled with God's good things.
Sadly, too many folks are still listening to the too-good-to-be-true temptations of the devil, the world, the flesh. That is a mistake. They ought to remember that in the spiritual realm if something seems too good to be true, it is just that.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me remember it is You and You alone who can fill me up with good things. Grant me the discernment to reject the world when it offers me an alternative that is too good to be true. In Jesus' Name I ask it. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries