It is an offer that I get quite often. “Pappy, do you want some seaweed soup?” I take a pass every time. My grandson concocts this dish whenever he takes a bath. There are seaweed soups that are popular in Asia. I am not interested in them either; I’m a meat and potatoes guy. But his ingredients are unique. He takes one of his old cups he plays with in the tub. First he puts in a few squirts of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Bodywash (Michelangelo at the moment). He adds stuff like a dab of sock fuzz from between his toes and a little soldier or something. And finally, he fills the cup to the brim with the bathwater of a very active 4-year-old. His seaweed soup registers on the appetizing scale at – initiating gag reflex.
The world concocts and serves up a lot of dishes as well. The problem is what the world offers is worse than my grandson’s seaweed soup. So why are we so prone to ingest its dirty bath water? It is the food and drink of the natural man. We need to take a pass every time. As the Babylonian captivity began, four Jewish youths faced a dilemma. Their names were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. They were set apart for service to the king. Their captors expected them to eat the king’s food. To them, it was seaweed soup. Through favor with the chief of eunuchs (a God thing?), they stayed faithful to that which God wanted them to eat. We see these four later: they refused to bow and to taste of the idols of this world. Those idols were seaweed soup. Three went to a fiery furnace, the fourth to a lion’s den. They emerged unscathed.
In reality, every item on the world’s menu is seaweed soup. God’s Word is to be the believer’s menu. It is the food and drink of the spiritual man. (John 4:34) It tastes good for He is good. The Psalmist continues, “Oh fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions (the world) lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” (vs.9-10)
Perhaps we can recall this little epistle whenever the world says, “Do you want some seaweed soup?” We can respond every time, “No, I’ll pass.”