Empty Deceit

"Empty Deceit"My one-year old son has discovered the wonder of bubbles. Repeatedly blowing them lately during his bath time, I was blessed to observe a pattern emerge from his interaction with them. As I blew on the freshly dipped bubble wand, his eyes traced the line of bubbles that formed. Shinning and shimmering in the light of our bathroom, his gaze inevitably zoomed in on a few surviving bubbles that came near him. Still being too young to chase after them, he waited patiently for them to come within arms reach. Narrowing his selection down to just a choice few, he would extend his hands to touch them with his tiny, chubby little fingers. Much to his disappointment, the bubbles burst at his touch. But, he only had to wait a few saddened seconds before the next round of bubbles would file out from the bubble wand as I blew a fresh batch. This cycle would repeat itself as long as I was willing to sit on the side of our bathtub and blow the bubbles his way.

In thinking on this, I have found that sin is much the same. It dazzles us as it emerges upon the scene of our lives. Attractive and alluring, the longer we gaze upon it, the more bedazzled we become by it. Then, narrowing our selection to a choice few, as the temptations seem to come within reach we reach out to lay ahold of it, only to find it empty and deceptive. However, like my son, we only have to wait short time before the next wave of sinful temptations come along.

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About Elizabeth

I am a sinner, saved by grace striving to increase in the knowledge of my Savior and His precious Word each day. The reader should know that there are a few presuppositions with which I approach this blog: 1) I believe in the biblical gospel, which basically purports that all mankind is born under the curse of sin (due to the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden). Therefore, man is separated from God and can have no relationship with God because He is perfectly holy, not even able to look upon sin. Unfortunately, God is also perfectly just and must not only separate Himself from sin, but must also punish it. In order to reconcile man to Himself, God, the Father, sent God, the Son, down to earth to live as a man and take our sins upon Himself on the cross. While on the cross, God, the Son, bore the full weight of the wrath of God, the Father, against our sins in order that we who believe in Him might be set free from the curse of our sin. God, the Son, Jesus Christ, died as a propitiation for our sin in order to appease God, the Father's, holy and just character, redeem us from sin, and reconcile those who believe in this gospel to God, the Father. 2) I am primarily writing to those who already believe in this biblical gospel. In other words, this blog is not focused on evangelizing the lost, but edifying believers. 3) I believe that the Christian Bible is the very word of God. Therefore, it is completely inerrant, infallible, sufficient, and authoritative in the life of a believer.
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4 Responses to Empty Deceit

  1. Geoff says:

    Great observation. Good reminder too.

  2. Randy says:

    Great post Elizabeth!

    I am reminded of these comments by Philpot..

    “Have we not tried the world? For how many years did we labor to glut our fleshly appetites with the dust and dirt that the world offered us. But did we ever reap any solid satisfaction from it? Have we not endeavored to satisfy ourselves with the pleasures of sin? And did they ever leave anything but pain and sorrow behind them? Have we not attempted to satisfy ourselves with a form of godliness, a name to live, a self-righteous religion? And was there not always something lacking? Have we not tried to satisfy ourselves with ‘doctrines floating in the judgment,’ and yet reaped no satisfaction—for there was always an aching void? Guilt was not purged away—sin was not pardoned—Christ not revealed—the love of God not shed abroad—salvation not known.

    We have found that there was no satisfaction in anything—all was a blank—all is vanity and vexation of spirit—except the goodness of God to our souls. But when the Lord has fixed His choice upon a vessel of mercy, and when, in pursuance of that choice, cutting him off from the world, He causes him, by the internal teachings and drawing of His Spirit, to approach unto Himself, and shows him something of the beauty and glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ—that satisfies him—and there is no satisfaction until that is made known.

    And what are we to be satisfied with? With our experience? Why, if we look at it, there are so many flaws and failings, so many ins and outs, so many things that stagger us, that we cannot be fully satisfied with all of that. Can we take the opinions of men concerning us? O, we think, they may all be deceived. Can we take our own opinion of ourselves? That is worse than the opinion of others—for he who trusts his own heart is a fool.

    With what, then, are we to be satisfied? In the goodness manifested in the Person of Christ. What grace and mercy, what favor and love are manifested in the Person of Jesus! And when we see and feel how good and kind, how gracious, favorable, and merciful He is—that brings satisfaction. There is in Him a righteousness and atoning blood to satisfy all the demands of the law, and all the cravings of a guilty conscience. There is a power that satisfies—a love that satisfies—a salvation that satisfies—and nothing else but these will satisfy.”

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks, my Love! Its amazing how much our Lord teaches me through interactions with our son … I see so much of myself in him 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, Randy! That is a really great quote. Thank you for sharing!!! =)

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