Soaking It Up Like A Sponge
Imagine for a moment that you reach for a sponge in your kitchen to clean up a spill. You'd been drinking a glass of orange juice and it got knocked over and spilled out all over the counter. The sponge soaked up most of the juice and you brought the sponge back to the sink to wring it out. What a surprise it would be if apple juice came dripping out?! Not only would it be a surprise....it would be miraculous! Why? Because we know we soaked up orange juice in that sponge. There is NO WAY that apple juice can come out instead.
The principle of this equation is this: what goes in will come out. Aside from being a law in chemistry, it's also a direct summation of how we think, believe and behave. It's exactly why Paul told the believers at Philippi in Philippians 4:8-9 (NLT), "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you."
Because, like that sponge, we will be squeezed. Maybe not today or maybe multiple times today...something or someone is going to wring us out. What will come out of us? How will we respond? What we have taken in, in our thoughts, in our choices on television and other electronics, what we've read....that's what will come out when we are squeezed.
What are we soaking up today?
Read more devotions written by Denise Harper at Treasured Inside