Today’s Devotional: Strawberries with our Cream

In Job 29:6, a nostalgic Job pines for the days that his “path was drenched with cream.” This devotional from Today points out how this odd phrase is a fantastic descriptor of good things God gives us, and how we need to be careful that we don’t take the “cream” in our life for granted:

Jesus warns, though, that sometimes “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Mark 4:19). And it’s true. Sometimes we worry, asking, Do I have enough cream? or What will all this cream do to my cholesterol level? or Is the cream as good as it used to be? And we get taken in by the deceitfulness of riches and extras that cater to our desires as we wonder, Why can’t I have strawberries with my cream? or Why doesn’t God give me flavored cream?

When we focus on the cream—on the extra things, we soon become dissatisfied. How much better to be content with basic milk and daily bread, and if God chooses to drench us with cream, to say heartily, “Thank you, Lord.” Then, as an old catechism puts it, “we can be patient when things go against us, [and] thankful when things go well.”

Are you content with the basic milk and bread that God gives you? Is there anything in your life that you’ve been taking for granted that you shouldn’t be?

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