I have developed a bad habit of picking up magazines that promise to show how to lose 10 pound in 7 days. I get the magazine home and open to a picture of Fruitcake, Apple Butter and Rockie Road Brownies. I turn the page to a big picture of Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins. The next page has a picture of Cinnamon Brioche with a recipe. At the bottom of the page is a picture of a Ricotta and Ham Quiche. I get fat just looking at the pictures. I need to find the article on how to lose 10 pounds in 7 days before my resistance breaks down and I make Rockie Road Brownies. I turn the page to find a picture of a Red Velvet Bliss. I am gaining weight just looking at it. And it is so easy to make. Just take two Red Velvet cake mixes and follow directions on box. Then make some cream cheese icing. Put cranberries around the outside of each cake. Now stack them into a beautiful master piece. I am getting weaker by the moment as I turn the page hoping to find out how to lose 10 pounds in 7 days. I have already gained 5 pounds looking at the pictures showing me how to make amazing foods. I almost lose my breath as I look at the next picture of Chocolate Glazed Marble Bundt Cake, Apple and Honey Bread and Garlic and Red Wine Braised Brisket.
I have found the answer to why so many people are overweight. It is the magazines fault. It’s like the snake that crawled up the forbidden apple tree to tempt Eve. The magazine promised I would lose 10 pound in 7 days. There are four pages of pictures showing the most amazing cookies I have ever seen; Almond Snowball Cookies, Lemon Cookie, Cranberry Nut Cookies and Raspberry Cookies. I don’t how I am going to get through this. I am a very visual person. I fear my mind will obsess on these wonderful deserts.
I know myself. Soon I will make up excuses as to why I have to make these recipes.
Satan doesn’t give up when he tempts you. The following page had a picture of Fudgy Peppermint Bark Brownies and Cranberry Biscuits. I have gained 20 pounds just looking at this magazine and I still can’t find the place where it tells me how to lose 10 pounds in 7 days. I give up. I don’t even care anymore if I lose 10 pounds. I just want to make those Fudgy Peppermint Bark Brownies. Maybe I could take some of them to church to share with my Sunday School class. That should ease some of the guilt. The front of the magazine should say, “How to Gain 20 Pounds in 2 Hours.”
How to Have Faith in Troubled Times
Some of you may be suffering today. Some of you may be in physical pain. Some of you may be in emotional pain. Yet all of us have something to be thankful for. Remember the Children of Israel as they walked out of Egypt to the Promised Land. The trials and suffering in that desert. The complaining.
They forgot at times what an awesome God they had. A God who parted the Red Sea. A God who heard their cries in Egypt. A God who delivered them from the death angel when they placed the blood on their door posts.
They forgot so quickly, the powerful God they served. You and I have been redeemed from the bondage of our Egypt. The blood of Jesus has been placed on our door posts protecting us from the death angel that we might live forever in heaven with our Lord. Yet today we are walking through the desert of this earth as ambassadors from Heaven. You may be attacked on all sides by the messengers of Satan, but our God is greater. The gates of hell shall not prevail against us. You may be in physical pain.
Trust HIM, Praise HIM. He is your deliverer…He is your God. If He doesn’t heal you of that pain, He will give you the power to rejoice in it. For it is in suffering that we become more like Christ and somehow love him more. And if the demons of fear, worry and discouragement attack you,,,,the power of praise will cast them away. I love you. Take courage today in your Lord and Savior and remember how much he loves you. He is the God that parted the Red Sea for you. He is the God that delivered you from Egypt… He loves you.