“I Don’t Want To Poison You!” (Jeremiah 17:9)

My daughter is afflicted with a severe allergy to peanuts. Thus, we follow a strict rule in our house that no products containing peanuts are allowed to enter. If a product inadvertently manages to slip in, it is immediately discarded. Just the other morning, I was enjoying a snack, a scrumptious Japanese rice cracker. It was one of my childhood favorites and as I chomped on the morsel, warm memories filled my mouth. Something else did as well…peanuts! I had forgotten these crackers were often embedded with peanuts. I quickly sequestered the rest of the crackers into a glass container and placed it in my bag. Later that morning, I informed my daughter.


“Sweetheart, there were some Japanese crackers that Auntie brought from Hawaii. I know you like these but I ate one this morning and it had peanuts. I took the rest to my office. I don’t want to poison you! ”


“Dad!” she rolled her eyes. “Don’t be so dramatic!”


If only getting rid of all dangerous things in our life were that simple! Foods to avoid because of allergies, faulty electrical switches, balding tires-these are tangible threats. We can see the obvious dangers and simply dispose or replace them.


But other dangers abound. What about gossip? How easy is it to slip into a disparaging remark about a colleague under the pretext of a statement like, “Well this is common knowledge!” Even if it were true, does that justify the action? And pride? How often do I succumb to the need to readily defend my point of view if I detect even a miniscule slight?


The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:9 (ESV)


The most sinister and insidious dangers are lurking within my own heart.  It is a poison, that for many years, I attempted to rid of my body but, by my own efforts, was utterly helpless to eradicate. The only antidote was to confess and repent of my sins and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. The sanctification began when I surrendered my life to Jesus and will be completed when I am in His presence in Heaven.


The poison of sin still circulates within my body and I continue to confront the havoc that this malady continues to inflict upon me. Thanks be to God that, by His grace and mercy, He provides the antidote. And I eagerly look forward to the day when I will be completely cured!


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.


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