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Let’s get to today’s devotional.
A lady who was hard up for cash tried to sell her soul on eBay for $2000. Apparently eBay now has a no-soul-selling policy!
A doctor in the early 1900’s did an experiment with terminally ill patients. He found that people seemed to be about 21 grams lighter in the moments after death. As a result, he speculated that a soul weighed 21 grams since it would have left the body at about that time. (I’ll leave a conversation about the veracity of these experiments for another day.)
The point is this. You have a soul. A real soul. This fact is assumed throughout the Bible. Psalm 103:1 states, rather matter-of-factly: “Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”
Your soul is your innermost being, given to you by God. It is invisible but real.
Plus, your soul has an appetite. Fill it with the wrong thing and be eternally corroded; fill it with the right thing and be eternally contented. Our deepest longings are powerful and can only be satisfied by God.
With this in mind, Jesus’ words in John 6:35 speak to this very situation: “I am the bread of life.”
I encourage you to think proactively about how you are responding to your deepest longings. Are you trying to quench the cravings of your soul with fleeting, material or misguided things? Or with Jesus?
He will bring deep and abiding satisfaction to your life. Other people or things will not.
Your soul has an appetite. Fill it with the wrong thing and be eternally corroded; fill it with the right thing and be eternally contented.
–“Your soul has an appetite.” Sermon. June 12, 2022. Click here.
–“Assisted Suicide (MAiD) in Canada—some biblical considerations.” I answered a question on this topic recently in a ‘Q & A Forum’ at Westminster Church. You can hear my answer as a part of ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan’ wherever you subscribe to podcasts, or by clicking here.