Potato Chips: No One Can Eat Just One

October 14, 1999
by Michael Steckel

Ezekiel 3:3 – Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. (NIV)

One thing I enjoy doing is getting a good movie to watch on a Saturday night, and sitting back with a big bag of potato chips, watching the movie while I munch away on the chips. I must admit that I can sit down and eat a bag of chips in one sitting. I am a chip-eating monster. While I enjoy the flavour of the chips, I know that actually they are not that good for me. They are just fat pills that I am consuming. I do not enjoy the fat-free chips or reduced-fat chips. No, they have to be the fat-filled, greasy ones for me. I have always liked the Lays Potato Chip motto, which is, "No one can eat just one". For me, that is very true. I am sure there are those who cannot stand the things, but I can not eat just one chip.

As I have matured in my Christian faith, I have found that there is more to consume than just chips. We have the word of God, which we can consume. In the scripture today we hear, "Then he said to me, 'Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.' So I ate it and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth." Here in digesting God's message, Ezekiel found it sweet to yield to the will of God. While potato chips may be empty calories and bad for me, God's word will fill me and help in my relationship with God. I need to look at a different motto, which goes, "God's word: No one can read just one verse."

Prayer Heavenly Father, may we always hunger after your word and seek to fill ourselves with its sweet taste. May we be filled day in and day out so that our faith may grow in what you have provided for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Michael Steckel
Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

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