Proverbs 23:7-9 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words. Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
Those of us who have had to diet to maintain our weight know all too well the temptations of food. Yet our well-meaning friends, thinking somehow they’re doing us a favor by giving us permission to eat, say things such as, “Go ahead and eat it, you deserve it,” or “Let’s worry about our diet tomorrow, today we’ll just eat.” Sometimes we are strong enough in the moment to say, “No.” Yet at other times, and probably way too often, we give in to our desires and eat just whatever is put before us. Knowing all the while in the back of our mind how hard it will be to make up for what we have just eaten, we do it anyway.
Why do we do that? We do it because it is our nature to want to live for today and self-gratification. It’s not that we cannot ever have those days, we can. However, they should be prepared for, planned on, and then enjoyed with no remorse. It is those unexpected days that hurt us most.
Have our goodhearted friends carefully thought of our total well-being when they say, “Go ahead?” Well, not really. We must remember, they are not intentionally trying to hurt us. The fact is it is easier for them to want to see us happy now than to figure out what it will do to our heath and self-esteem later. Many times, after the friends have all gone and we are left alone with our convicting thoughts and over-filled stomach, we are actually miserable. What it all boils down to is this; we are the only ones who can control any of our actions and ourselves.
Life as a believer is often the same way. People in the world who do not know Christ as Saviour tell others, “live for today, life is too short to be miserable.” However, living for today with no eternal plans will cause them to miss the greatest joy of all, eternal life with Christ. Jesus has a plan for today, which you can enjoy now, and if you will trust in Him, an eternal future that is even better. Which plan of life sounds best to you? In the end, you must choose.
Life is too short not to enjoy it. However, living life without Christ is not joy. In fact, He said I came that you might have life more abundantly. Christ brings real life, real joy, and a real plan for the future. Choose Christ.
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Jonah 1 – Micah 4 / Proverbs 23:7-9
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