Monday, April 7, 2014

Not a Fad

Read: Psalm 19

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                                  2 Timothy 3:15

     As I get older and start to notice a few extra pounds begin to hold onto my midsection for dear life, I can’t say that I haven’t been tempted to buy into some of the diets that promise huge weight loss just by doing things “the way I normally do them.” Most of these programs are known as fad diets. They explode onto the market (usually because they are being promoted by some celebrity), and everyone buys into them. These fad diet plans lure the gullible masses in by promising them that they can eat whatever they want, stay away from exercise, and just go on living life normally, all while watching the fat rolls melt off like hot butter. People spend their money for them all the time, only to be disappointed months later when they are heavier than they were when they started because they have been eating like crazy and not working out. In the end, there is no substitute for losing weight besides eating a healthy diet and doing good old-fashioned exercise.
     The world is filled with people, even Christians, who treat the Word of God the same way. They turn to art, music, and entertainment, but nothing can fill the void left by the absence of the Word of God in a person’s life. Just as it is with eating right and exercising, it is not always easy to find the time and the persistence to read the Bible, but it is vital to good spiritual health. Just hearing the Word of God preached is not enough to sustain your spiritual life. That would be like eating once a week to stay alive. It may be possible in the short term, but over a long period of time, you would eventually waste away and die.
     The fad diets and everything that tries to fill the place of the Word of God in a life will come and go, and rarely accomplish what they guarantee they will do. The Word of God is filled with promises that will always be kept by its Author, and it will never pass away. Don’t let the importance of the Word of God in your life escape your attention. It could very well spell the end of your spiritual health.

Quote of the day: “A well-read Bible is a sign of a well-fed soul.”

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