My Foolish Deed

February 4, 2021
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Recently, I did something foolish. It began with a decision to brew some specialty coffee as a morning treat for myself. Soon, the lovely cinnamon-hazelnut aroma filled the air. That was a treat in itself! With great anticipation, I poured the coffee and added cream. And that's when I committed my foolish deed. I carried my freshly brewed mug of steaming coffee to the computer. Big mistake! Before I knew it, the cup was empty, and I had failed to enjoy the coffee because I was so preoccupied at the computer. I missed out on the lovely taste. What a waste of good coffee!

Perhaps, you have occasionally committed such a foolish deed. Such events need not be entirely wasted; they can remind us of this wonderful promise:

Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. (NIV)

Well then, I ask myself, how might I fail to notice God's goodness? How might I miss the delightful experience of His lavish blessing? There's one clue in the verse itself: it's by failing to take refuge in Him. It's by not entrusting myself to Him as my wonderful protector and Saviour. It's by letting earthly matters and concerns rob my focus.

Undoubtedly, we all often fail to notice God's goodness. Really, that's a sin against God; it's disregard for His love towards us; it hinders our faith growth. John Piper, in his book Hunger for God, adds insight:

    The greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison, but apple pie. … The deadliest appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. … The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. … It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world. It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality. All of them can become deadly substitutes for God.

You can now see how my foolish deed inadvertently drew my attention to a magnificent spiritual truth: God's children, you and I, are invited — rather, commanded — to "taste and see that the Lord is good". That's not a burdensome command. Rather, that's a magnificent law! It's a calling to know Him experientially, "to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" (Ephesians 3:18b NIV). Really, it's the greatest commandment, to love the Lord our God with our entire being. It's to trust our Lord entirely, to enjoy the fullest measure of His covenant love. In other words, let God love you!

Dear friends, whatever our situation, now and in the future, let us obediently entrust ourselves into God's most capable care. For that is how we can truly enjoy His beauty and taste His goodness … forever. It's the gift of salvation.

Prayer: Mighty Saviour, liberate us from whatever hinders our freedom to know and enjoy You for who You truly are. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Good thought, Diane.


    Thank you for your devotional “My foolish deed.”


    Wonderful and painfully true when we lack the fullness to be present in the moment. Blessings.


    Great images, Diane, and your follow-through with other ways we stray from the path. You are an encouragement.


    Thanks, Diane. This reminds me of the times I’ve needlessly worried about life when I should have turned it over to God.


    Good morning, Diane,
    I was praying today for help to strengthen my faith and your words are an answer to the prayer. Thank you so much.


    Dear Diane,
    For me, this is a new slant on being distracted by the good tastes of life. You have called me to be more careful. I appreciate your clarity.


    Thanks for the devotion, Diane.
    I enjoyed it and appreciated your thoughts of keeping our thoughts on God and not letting our earthly distractions blur our vision.
    (Quebec)


    Hi Diane, As I read your devotion today, I couldn’t help but think, perhaps now more than ever we need to stop each day, see, and taste the Lord’s goodness. It is the only way to feel God’s presence in this time of pandemic trauma.
    Thank you for your words of comfort.


    Good morning Diane and PresbyCan! Thanks for today’s music. We have many blessings. Diane, thank you for your “My Foolish Deed” devotional. I certainly have lots of them. Thank you for your prayer.
    Thank you!


    Diane,
    Thanks for the sharing and its message to NOT lose the blessings we have.
    I was thinking the coffee would have spilled on the desk and computer… That would have been bad!
    Blessings,
    (CA)


    Hello Diane,
    Your devotional this morning is a very good reminder to us where we need to centre our focus for greatest results in our daily life. It is so easy for us to get distracted and not follow the guidance the Lord lays out for us and how beneficial it is to us when we do adhere to His plan.
    I do enjoy reading your contributions to the devotionals.
    Blessings.


    Hello Dianne
    Thank you for your thoughts this morning. My wife and I laughed out loud when we read the first line. We had just cleaned up after making a pot of coffee without putting the pot in the coffee maker. Coffee ended up all over the place. Thank you so much for all your writing. We enjoy and appreciate your insight.
    Take care, keep safe, and thanks again.
    Blessings.


    OOPS, you caught me personally!! I’m sure most all of us are guilty. I had my coffee by my big comfy chair, read from my devotional book that I keep on the coffee table, turned on the TV, checked for mail on my iPhone and my daily devotional there. Whew, take a breath!! My coffee got cold and I had to reheat it and now it’s looking at me and cooling down again. But what was my TV doing on as it is obviously distracting? My first NO-NO of the day which shows at 96 there are things I can learn change. Thank you, Diane, for “butting” into my AM coffee time with sharing some old/new thoughts.
    Once again, Diane, for your devotional today, and I always look forward to yours. May the Lord bless you in many special and surprising ways.


    Thank you, Diane, for your devotions! They are so helpful and good for starting the day.


    I have certainly done that sort of thing.
    How perceptive of you to discern spiritual truth from it.


    Hi Diane,
    I’m smiling as I read your article in PresbyCan “My Foolish Deed”. How often I have done the exact same thing! Both in worldish terms, as well as in spiritual ones.
    God bless you, Diane!

 



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