Perhaps they taste like chicken. But is it really necessary to eat them alive? The coconut worm larvae has a sweet coconut taste and are especially creamy when eaten raw! This dish is considered a delicacy as street food for the Vietnamese. I do not feel sorry for these small creatures as they easily bring down a mighty palm tree with their voracious appetite. With their powerful jaws, they burrow holes up to a meter long in the trunk of a palm, eventually killing their host.
Today’s verse describes sin as “deceitful.” It can slowly excavate holes in our faith and if left unchecked, can bring down the believer, leading him to a place of unbelief. The sneaky nature of sin does its work inside where no one sees. It can eventually hardened a heart. That is why believers need one another to daily encourage each other to right living. To delay even a day can put our hearts at risk.
Sometimes my sin can seem so puny and harmless. There may even be some temporary sweetness that comes from it. And that’s the deceitful part. But I know how weak I am and that I am not above participating in any sin, especially in my thought life. It does help me to be around other believers who can encourage me to stay the course. And having the opportunity to build up someone else’s resolve serves to bolster my own faith as well. More than anything, I want my heart to stay soft towards His Spirit. And I want to stand firm to the very end!
Lord, I need to be encouraged today!