Main Dish | Devotion #5: Dessert
James Clouse

Is there a dessert that you absolutely love? Alright, I have a weird quirk to share with everybody. Are you ready? I cannot stand soggy bread. Anything that gets soggy, that is any type of bread like substance, is avoided. I have to eat my cereal super fast so that it does not get soggy. I do not like stuffing during the Thanksgiving season (Gag me with a spoon). It goes so far as me having to ask for a second plate at restaurants when I get a burger so that the sweat under the burger does not make my bun soggy. I know many of you are reading this and thinking that I am so weird, but I know that others are shaking their heads saying that you understand what I am saying. One of my favorite desserts is strawberry shortcake. However, the problem lies in that I need to finish it within minutes of putting my strawberry topping on the shortbread. If I do not, it goes bad in my eyes. 

There are blessings from the Father that we often misuse or let go bad. One of these things is often our family. Let us all take a close look at how often we are looking down at our phones or the game on the television when our children or spouse are trying to get our attention. I know, I do it too. We need to take advantage of the blessing that God has given us. 

God also provided a blessing, a dessert, to the Israelites in the time of the Exodus. 

Exodus 16:4 says, “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I am going to rain bread from Heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not.’” Another translation (CSB) says at the end of the verse, “Whether or not they will follow my instructions.” 

Manna is a dessert like substance that is said to be described as a honey-like wafer. God gave the Israelites food from Heaven, and they were only supposed to take what they could eat that day. Unfortunately, many did not listen and took extra, and it ended up molding and collecting worms.  

We have instructions from the Lord in His Word for how we are supposed to cherish our families. However, many of us continue to disobey and not listen to His instruction. We do not take advantage of the time that we have with our family, and we wonder why the family idea is rotting.

God has commanded wives to respect their husbands. In what ways do you continue to disrespect your husband on a daily basis? How often do you disrespect the authority that God has placed over your family? Husbands, we are commanded to love our wives as much as Christ loved the Church. This is an immeasurable amount of love! However, how often do you show love more towards your things or towards other people, even ministry, and not your wife and family? Families, let us not let our families spoil.

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