When it comes to desserts, I’m often dismayed when I see raisins included. Don’t get me wrong…I actually like raisins. Just not in my dessert. If you’re gonna bake cookies for me (and I’ll certainly let you know where to send them), include nuts…but, please…no raisins. I’m not a fan of raisin cookies, raisin pudding, raisin oatmeal, and especially not raisin cakes.
There’s a place in the Bible, Hosea 3:1 to be exact, where God tells Israel that they’ve “loved other gods” and eaten the “raisin cakes of the pagans”. Now, I’m guessing the Israelites must have liked raisin cakes. In fact, so much so they were distracted away from their one true God by them. There might have been other things that attracted Israel to the pagans, but God only mentioned the cakes.
Would you ever turn your back on God for other gods or pagans and their raisin cakes? I sure hope not. But there’s probably some other distraction or attractions that could lure you away from Him. No one is immune to temptation. That’s why you have to “guard your heart“…not you, but the “peace of God”.
In life, you’ll find many seemingly sweet, tempting desserts. And believe me, I can empathize. I love dessert. But I’m talking about those desserts that come in different forms. They bring on much more damage than simple cavities. They erode your soul, and the only way to gain back what you lose is to renew your mind “day by day” in God’s word.
I hope my words encourage you to look to your Creator for faith, hope, and love. I’m just an encourager, but God is an everlasting energizer.