This beautiful apple was more tempting than I could resist!! I washed it, polished it, sliced it into 8 pieces and then started nibbling. It was beautiful to look at, had that fresh apple tree-ripened smell but it was dry and mushy instead of crunchy and sweet. What a disappointment!
All my hopes deflated…in the same way the temptations of life that seek to draw us away from our heavenly purpose can be disappointing (working for things that don’t last). They are not the real thing and leave a dry, mushy taste in our mouths. They can steal from us the beauty of what we already have by their distracting glitter.
Lord, help us not to be deceived by outward appearances that tempt us into cheap satisfaction but to always trust in your amazingly rich Word to understand our need of You! -Teresa
P. S.(the Davidic Covenant referred to in this passage was God’s promise to David to establish his household. This came after David tried to build a house (temple) for God -which God did not allow) Rather than throw a tantrum about not getting to build, David was wise enough to recognize that God blessed Him with something far greater…it was a gift that reminded him to rest in His provision… Rest because this was to be the lineage of Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Isaiah 55:1-3 (NIV)
1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenantwith you,
my faithful love promised to David.”