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9/28/2019 12:11:00 AM
Lessons From A Cookie

Dr. Vince Hefner, Pastor
First Baptist Church, Cherryville, NC


I took my wife out to lunch a few days ago to a Chinese restaurant in Hickory. It was a nice change of pace for lunch and the best part was that it was a buffet bar! However, my favorite part of the lunch was the dessert bar. It had some kind of cookie with an almond in the middle that was very good as well as my favorite dessert, Jell-O! I have found that there is always room for Jell-O.

When the waitress brought the bill, she also brought two fortune cookies. I realize that eating and liking fortune cookie is an acquired taste, but just about everybody likes to read their fortune from inside something you eat. It is a little known fact that certain foods can predict your immediate future after you eat, like experiencing heartburn or sleeplessness! 



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The fortune cookie says something in a riddle form where you have to think about what it means. Sometimes it can have more than one meaning, and generally neither makes much sense.

I want to go on record to let you know that I do not believe that fortune cookies have any magical powers, nor do I believe in Big Foot or that a pot of gold sits at the end of a rainbow, unless you have a undisputable picture of both of them together! A fortune cookie doesn’t change your life, unless you try to eat it whole.

Anyway, my fortune was, “God shall always answer your prayers.” I have never had a fortune cookie tell me this and I was pleased with something I could understand (and something that I already knew). I was about to put the fortune paper down and I noticed some more writing at the bottom of the paper. It said, “Your lucky numbers are: 7, 13, 64, 82.” Wait a minute, if God is always going to answer my prayers, why do I need lucky numbers?

As strange as the thought of believing that God answers prayers and believing that one needs luck to get ahead in life is, I wonder how many people go through life partly believing in God and partly believing in luck.

Proverbs 3: 5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

It is imperative that the believer trust fully in Christ during all the seasons and times of life. This is our witness to the world, and our responsibility to our Lord. Anything less gives the impression that Jesus is not sufficient for all our needs, and that we need some extra to fill the void in our lives.

Take time today to consider how you live your life. Do you believe in luck? Or do you believe that God is in control of all things, and certainly He is in control of your present circumstances. If we cannot trust Jesus with the present, how are we going to trust Him with eternity?

Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!


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