1 Corinthians 10:23 King James Version (KJV)
Recently I wrote a piece called “Ice Cream Truck!” which emphasized the joy, laughter, fun, and playfulness we can have as God’s kids, that He delights in us and loves spending time with us. This is all true, but let’s flip the script on this, let’s turn the record over and see what’s on the other side. That other side is found in the scripture verse above – all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient. Another way to say this is “not everything is helpful.” Ice cream is good, but it is not helpful to eat a lot of it, or to eat it all the time.
It’s nice to eat ice cream every once in a while but but it is not expedient, not helpful, to make it a “most important” thing to do. It is not helpful for me to look to food to be my hero, my comforter, but that is what I do sometimes. Anything taken to extremes can be harmful. Jesus’ love is sweeter than chocolate and more satisfying than candy. (That was a reminder to self, not a judgment call on anyone else. I need to remember that an occasional snack is okay, but to keep it in moderation.)
Its good to know that no matter what the issue, no matter what the concern, no matter what the habit, you and I can give that to Jesus, and He will help us let it go and overcome it. He is our ultimate helper in all things and He can be trusted.
Here with you on the journey,