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Bubbles, Bubbles

Matthew 26:41, “Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. The spirit wants to do what is right, but the body is weak.”

When my children were little, there was something we could play with that kept them quite entertained, bubbles. There's something about bubbles that can draw any child in for many moments of laughter and fun. Once released into the air they will chase them, try to catch them, pop them in general, simply have fun with them. I remember when my youngest was about three we spent a good part of an hour playing with bubbles. We had a small fan that we could turn towards the ceiling and when you put the bubble wand over it many bubbles filled the room as she chased them, giggling as they popped. Another time we were visiting family and it had just rained. With it being summer the air was quite warm, so we went outside and let them play on the wet driveway. My oldest wanted to get out the bubbles and we soon discovered that they landed and stuck to the big leaves of my grandmother's plants. My children were soon getting their hands wet to get the bubbles to stick to them too. Again, being entertainment for children.

I read somewhere that, “we can treat the things and pleasures of the world like the bubbles we blow at our children.” We chase them, touch them, try to catch them and at times we try to see how close we can get before they pop. Worldly bubbles can cause such toil and trouble. Let's elaborate on some of these bubbles.

Worldly Bubbles Entice Us: As soap bubbles blow around in the wind, we want to chase them, it's enticing to reach out and try to catch them before they pop. Pleasures of the world can be the same, have the same draw to pull us in. Advertisements on billboards and magazines. A commercial on TV or the radio. Think how easy it is to get into the spirit of Christmas when everything around you is showing it, talking about it, even playing the songs. Or, how you aren't even hungry, but something comes across the commercials, or they are eating in the show you are watching, and you suddenly have the craving also. If that can lure you in so easily think how easy the temptations of the world can entice you to have the need of whatever it may be. Like the many bubbles that are surround you once blown through the wand, we are surrounded by many worldly bubbles sent to tempt us to reach out and touch. We must resist the pull and avoid the temptation.

James 1:14-15, “But people are tempted when their own evil desire leads them away and traps them. This desire leads to sin, and then the sin grows and brings death.”

Worldly Bubble Are Pretty: Soap Bubbles are pretty when the light hits them just right. The reflections give off such a beautiful assortment of colors of the rainbow. Some elaborate bubble makers have even learned how to get the most color from each bubble they make and it's fun to see. Well, the devil is the master of deceit, and his trademark is to draw us into temptation from things we find pretty. This is why we are told to be on guard of the devil (wolf) in sheep’s clothing and put on God's armor to resist those appealing temptations.

James 4:7, “So give yourselves completely to God. Stand against the devil, and the devil will run from you.”

Worldly Bubbles Are Fun: My children had so much fun with soap bubbles and I still use bubbles with the little ones in Sabbath school. I love watching them giggle and play with them and still find myself trying to catch the bubbles as they fall to the ground. Satan's other weapon is to make it fun. Think about the prodigal son for a moment. He left home with all of his inheritance and spend it on the “good" life, living it up with his friends and having “fun” with what the world offered. Unfortunately, in the end, the “fun” always has consequences, doesn't it? The fun with sin never lasts and the end never paints a pretty picture.

Proverbs 21:5, “The plans of hard-working people earn a profit, but those who act too quickly become poor.”

Like bubbles are fragile, popping quickly, sometimes even before they land, when you start playing with the worldly bubbles of sin they'll pop just as quickly. Following the world can become unsatisfying and will dissipate into the wind without warning.

But, like soap bubbles that are enticing, pretty, and fun, there are good bubbles too. When you follow Jesus and grow in Him you will find Godly bubbles you can enjoy. After all, God did create this world and there is so much beauty and peace we can find in nature and love that we can enjoy with our family and pets. However, in order to find those bubbles in all the worldly bubbles around us we need to find a way to make them stick. Like my children found water helped the bubbles stay intact, Jesus has said He is the Living Water and when we come to Him, we will thirst no more. Godly bubbles stick when we stick to Jesus.

Today, what bubbles have you been chasing? Let the Living Water fill you today and help the Godly bubbles stick.

The Bible is filled with promises on how God can change your life when you study His Word—“Meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it … then you will make your way prosperous” (Joshua 1:8, ESV). It’s never too late to start regularly reading Scripture. The Bible is no ordinary book. The words within its pages are like medicine to your soul. It has the power to change your life because there is life in the Word! (See Hebrews 4:12.) So no matter where you are in your walk with God, I want to encourage you to start spending time in His Word today and be determined to stick with it! You’ll find that every time you study the Bible and pay attention to what you’re reading, you’re learning something. Let's continue our study with 2 Peter 1:5-11

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