Published October 28, 2014
"Knowing The Real Thing"
A good local buffet (at only $10.00 per person) is, whenever possible, a wonderful Saturday treat for Paul and me. Generally, if we are at a buffet, I eat what I call "real" food. But, on this particular buffet, I always get a cup or two of their delicious beef vegetable soup.
Recently, I got my cup of soup and took a spoonful. Something was wrong. I took another tiny taste and realized something was definitely wrong with that soup.
I set the dish by the edge of the table for the waitress to pick up. When she came, I quietly told her that I thought the beef vegetable soup was spoiled. She said she would have someone from the kitchen check it out right away.
As we finished the rest of our meal, one of the cooks came to our table. He first made sure I was the person that had complained about the soup. Then he asked if I have a seafood allergy, which I thought was a strange question. Then he explained. The spices for the beef vegetable soup and the spices for the seafood bisque are beside each other in the kitchen store room. Someone put the wrong spices in the beef vegetable soup. By now, the kitchen staff had already removed the soup from the buffet and the cook thanked me for alerting them to the problem.
I was glad he took the time to explain to me that the soup wasn't spoiled, as well as why it had such a strange taste.
I thought about how I knew with just one bite that there was a problem with the soup. I had enjoyed that particular soup at that particular restaurant many times. I knew how that soup should taste. I knew the real thing.
As Christians, the question is whether we are close enough to God and familiar enough with the Scriptures to recognize the truth and in turn to recognize what is spiritually false. Can we spot "truths" that are spiritually contaminated? Can we spot something that is counterfeit...not the real thing?
Stay in the Word. Stay in prayer. Stay close to God so you recognize the Spirit's voice. Knowing the real thing is the only way to recognize the counterfeit.
The Bible says that Satan masquerades as an "angel of light." Knowing the true "Light Of The World" means we will be able to recognize the devil's deceptions for what they are.
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" Psalm 34:8
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