We are a steak and potatoes kind of family. I have always preferred a hearty steak to a fancy piece of fish any day of the week. I taught my girls to love it, as well. My youngest would wait patiently by the grill, watching to see which steak had the biggest sizzling fat pieces. If she wasn’t lucky enough to get that choice piece on her plate, she would remind us as we were eating that if we were cutting that off, she wanted it!
The fat in that steak always brings so much flavor. She knew it. We all know it. When we go to the grocery store, we’re looking for the piece of steak that has the perfect marbling. We want those beautiful white lines knowing that while it’s not healthy for us, it brings so much yumminess to the dish.
Their heart is covered with fat, but I delight in Your law. –Psalm 119:70 (NASB)
Just like the fat in that delicious steak, sin in this world can seem so enticing. It’s hidden under the guise of fun, excitement, and/or satisfaction. We don’t want to think that our sinful actions can really hurt us. It’s “not as bad as (fill in the blank).” And so while we know what we’re doing is wrong, we fall prey to the enemy who’s always seeking to divide our allegiance to God.
Time and time again we’re warned by God to stay away from sinful nature. He advises us to flee from idolatry (1 Corinthians 10:14). He tells us to put to death sexual immorality (Colossians 3:5). Romans 6:12 tells us not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies. We’re reminded that God’s laws or rules are there to protect us, not control us. And when our hearts are covered with the “fat” of this world, it creates unhealthiness in a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let’s choose today to remove the fat from our hearts and delight in His law.
Thank you, Lord, for giving us laws to live by that protect our hearts and our minds. Please help me trust You and Your ways that I might keep my heart clean and renewed.