Thursday, December 20, 2012
Today’s Topic: How Sweet It Is!
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Mmmm, sweets. Christmas cookies. Fudge. Penuche. Peanut brittle. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. How sweet it is!
When that phrase first popped into my head this morning I thought of Jackie Gleason. He coined that popular phrase back in the 1963 film Papa’s Delicate Condition, and it became a consistent part of the comedy sketches performed on his weekly variety show. I can still picture the old black and white television set we used to watch when he would turn his head and shout, How sweet it is!
I also thought of the great James Taylor song that was originally recorded in 1964 by Marvin Gaye called How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You. Now that melody will be running through my mind while I clear the driveway of all the snow this morning.
It’s amazing how we develop a taste for certain things in our lives because they seem to make life sweeter. There’s no question about choice when confronted with candy or spinach. Choosing between a gift of $10,000 or an offer to work six months to earn $10,000 is a no brainer. Every day we make choices based on what we have previously determined will be a sweeter deal for us. We choose careers, make purchases, develop relationships, and set personal priorities based on the answer to this one simple question – how sweet will it be for me?
But when it comes to choosing between the study and application of God’s words and just about any other option, we usually choose the less sweet of the two. You see, our spiritual taste buds are kind of dead. They have been killed by the allure of the world’s sweets. Oh, we may justify the sweets we choose with rationalizations, some of which we may even be able to back up with Scripture we’ve previously studied. But is our application of those truths being controlled by the wrong sweet tooth?
- We’re too busy with activities for the kids, but in the end it will be for their good. Really? What end?
- But I really need that _______________ so I have to work more to earn the money to pay for it.(You fill in the blank). Really? Possessions that perish are really sweeter than truths of eternal value?
- Or here’s mine – I’m so busy doing ministry that I don’t have time to stop and just read.
We all have our sweets of choice. But are they the sweets of God’s choice? Maybe, just maybe, we need to visit the spiritual Dentist for a tooth extraction. It’s likely that we all need to decide that our taste buds need healing so that what God intended to be sweet to us truly becomes sweetest to us. His Word is to be sweeter to us than anything the world says is sweet. The commands, laws, precepts, and promises of God are absolutely the sweetest soul food you can ever eat. And I’ve discovered that you don’t have to acquire a taste for it. The truth is that the Holy Spirit of God is quite capable of accomplishing His role in us to give us a hunger and taste for the Word of God. It’s not that we won’t like what we eat when we feed on the Bread of Life, but the reality is that we have simply chosen not to eat because we don’t believe it can really satisfy our sweet tooth.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.(Colossians 3:16)
So every time you reach for your favorite Christmas candy or cookie, pause for a moment and give thanks for the blessing you are enjoying, and let the Holy Spirit bring to your mind one of God’s sweet treats from His Word. Let the right sweet tooth take control of your life!