This morning I decided to read something from C.S. Lewis’ known work, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Actually I have already watched the movie but I know that the book is worth reading still. So I read a few chapters until I finally landed on this scene:
“The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle on to the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which, when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very centre and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious. He was quite warm now, and very comfortable. While he was eating the Queen kept asking him questions. At first Edmund tried to remember that it is rude to speak with one’s mouth full, but soon he forgot about this and thought only of trying to shovel down as much Turkish Delight as he could, and the more he ate the more he wanted to eat, and he never asked himself why the Queen should be so inquisitive… At last the Turkish Delight was all finished and Edmund was looking very hard at the empty box and wishing that she would ask him whether he would like some more. Probably the Queen knew quite well what he was thinking; for she knew, though Edmund did not, that this was enchanted Turkish Delight and that anyone who had once tasted it would want more and more of it, and would even, if they were allowed, go on eating it till they killed themselves.”
And after reading that part, I cannot help but simply take that as an analogy of how sin works in our lives. It is tasty, delicious and it may seem that one more bite will satisfy your cravings, but one after another, every bite will make you crave for more, and it just wont stop. Sin is never satisfied.
“Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.” (Proverbs 27:20)
Admit it. We need not to be informed about this matter for we ourselves have experienced the promises of sin, the alluring rewards that it offers, and in return took hold of vanity in exchange of our holy joy. Like the Turkish Delight Edmund have tasted, no matter how sweet it is and delicious, if we allow ourselves to wallow in sin, the only direction we are heading towards is death. And so, we turn to our Savior’s invitation:
“Come, everyone who thirsts,come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.”
Christ is the bread that came down from heaven and the fountain of living water that will satisfy our souls. May we find ourselves satisfied only in Him and not upon the sweet delicacies offered to us by the world.