Don’t Go To the Grocery Store Hungry: Confessions of a Sinner
Proverbs 27:7 King James Version (KJV) 7 The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
I hope to always remember the moment. I was leaving the class Preaching For Transformation. Just before exiting the Aldeen Building, he stopped suddenly on the steps in front of the door, looked at me and said those penetrating words. “Charlie, whatever you do, keep short sin accounts with God.” He was my preaching professor, Dr. Crawford Loritts.
Those words still encourage, challenge, and convict me. He was NOT encouraging me to sin. He was admonishing me to become a person who regularly and quickly repents. It was important to him that I not develop seasons of sin.
I am particularly sensitive to the language he employed that day. Is it me, or do people not call sin, sin anymore? I am more regularly in public settings, corporate gatherings, among high professionals and few people want to call the problems that ail us by its name. But, the only way to get proper help is to have the proper diagnosis. Our society is sinful. In this year alone, Chicago has suffered more than 400 murders. That’s sin. We should call our failures what they are: sin.
Sin has a cure. The Gospel of Jesus Christ cures the sin-infected heart. It’s like medicine that nullifies the punch of the disease. That’s good news because I am… well, a sinner. It’s true. The sin disease is in my blood. I’m learning however to take my medicine, and that is why I write these encouraging words to you. I’ve learned that I am at my worst when my soul is hungry. The Proverb writer had it right: when you’re full not even the sweetest dessert is appealing. Have you ever had such a satisfying meal that the dessert tray failed to appeal to you? That is what a good devotional life does for us. It fills our souls so that not even the sweet things of life appeal with force.
Conversely, the hungry soul is in trouble. To it, even the bitter things of life are sweet. I’ve certainly been there. Ashamedly, I confess of moments in which my soul went without proper nourishment. Without fail, my darkest moments of sin can be traced to those times when my soul was famished. It’s like going to the grocery store on an empty stomach. You are likely to make poor nutritional purchases, ready-to-eat meals high in saturated fat. When hungry, the bad food looks good. The same is true for your soul.
Take it from me don’t go to the grocery store hungry. Keep a full soul. What do you think? Join the conversation with your thoughts below.
Published on Saturday, December 15, 2012 @ 8:50 PM CDT