by Tom Behrens
I recently was talking with a saltwater fishing guide on what soft plastic shrimp tail lures he was using to catch his fish. He was using a lure manufactured by the Egret Baits Company. Several other guides were telling me the same thing. Why was this particular soft plastic becoming a bait of choice among so many of the guides?
According to the guides, they were tough; they didn’t tear up so easily. They resembled a shrimp, and they lasted longer. Egret was blending strands of kevlar into their finished product.
Please don’t misunderstand this as an endorsement of any particular product. This is just what the guides told me.
In Exodus 39, we see the Israelites working to make garments for the priests:
“He made the ephod of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen. And they hammered out gold leaf, and he cut it into threads to work into the blue and purple and the scarlet yarns, and into the fine twined linen, in skilled design. They made for the ephod attaching shoulder pieces, joined to it at its two edges. And the skillfully woven band on it was of one piece with it and made like it, of gold, blue and purple and scarlet yarns, and fine twined linen, as the LORD had commanded Moses.” (Ex. 39:2-5, ESV)
Did you catch, “fine twined linen,” and gold leaf, cut into threads, “to work into the blue and purple and the scarlet yarns, and into the fine twined linen, in skilled design?”
God instructed the Israelites how to make a beautiful, strong, worthy, priestly garment.
The garment (not a garment in the literal sense) that we as Christians should display, is our faith. And we should attract others, just like the fishing lure. Our faith should be something others want, or at least want to check out as a fish would with a lure. We should be durable in our faith and our beliefs, and continue to let our faith be known to others; it should not be something easily discarded and tossed in the trash as with a soft plastic that tears and breaks easily.
Is your faith attracting others to Jesus?
*Today’s devotion comes from Tom Behrens. Tom is a freelance journalist and photographer in the Houston, TX area.
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