Realtors suggest putting a tray of cookies in the oven just before showing a home. It gives our residence a wonderful fragrance that pervades every room and lasts for hours.
However, leave the cookies in too long, and we get a noxious odor that persists for days. We cannot rid our house of the smell.
That’s what sin is like, leaving a stink in our lives that clings to us even when the cookies are scraped from the tray and tossed into the garbage.
Read in 2 Chronicles 10:12-15. This passage reveals the stink of sin clinging to Israel’s clothes.
Solomon, the wisest of Israel’s kings, allowed idol worship in his kingdom. He allowed his tray of cookies to burn, turning his people from a pleasing fragrance in the nostrils of the Lord to a burning stink that clung to them long after Solomon was gone.
King Rehoboam, Solomon’s successor and king of Israel, chose to follow man’s foolish advice. This misstep would tear the kingdom apart, leaving only two tribes under Rehoboam’s fist.
Was God not being faithful to Israel? Were the prayers of his people not being answered?
The problem was the burned cookies. We read that God caused the king to listen to foolish men that he might perform his Word, which he had spoken to Jeroboam in 1 Kings 11:31:
“For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee.”
Our hearts are cleansed when we come to God, but the cookies are ours. When we allow them to burn, we have to live with the stink for a very long time.
God is a god of love, but he abhors the stink of sin. He wants our lives to be a sweet fragrance rising before him.
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