Bubbles and Troubles Devotional

Bubbles. Bubbles. Toils and Troubles!

Julia Bettencourt

Posted October 10, 2005

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

I was watching my kids not long ago while they were blowing soap bubbles in the yard.  They were having such a good time, running after them, trying to pop them, and just playing with them in general.

As I was watching, it struck me that we treat the things and pleasures of this world as we do those soap bubbles that we blow as children.  We run after and chase them, touch them, try to catch them, see how far we can get involved with them without them popping, and just sometimes play with them.

So why do we chase worldly bubbles?

1   Worldly Bubbles Entice Us.

 When those soap bubbles are blowing in the wind, they seem to just entice us and draw us to them.  Worldly pleasures are like that too.  We see an advertisement in a magazine, something on television, or something associated with the world that just lures us and we are drawn in.

Temptations are all around us. I think of the prodigal son in Luke 15 and how he was drawn to the world and what it had to offer.  We are surrounded with worldly bubbles and we have to resist them and avoid being tempted by them.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

2   Worldly Bubbles Are Pretty.

 Soap bubbles are pretty.  Aren't they?  All those reflections of light just make them so beautiful to look at.  The world can make sin look pretty too. The devil is masterful at deceit.  It is his trademark and we are to be on guard for it.

We are encouraged in Hebrews that we need to be exhorting each other as Christians daily because of that very deceitfulness of sin.

Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.   Hebrews 3:12,13

3   Worldly Bubbles Are Fun.

 My kids have such a fun time with soap bubbles.  At my age, I still think it's fun to get in there and play bubbles with them.  Sin has a way of enticing us with fun too.

I think again of the prodigal son and how he "wasted his substance with riotous living."   He lived it up and really had a good time for awhile.

In the end though, sin has consequences and it isn't a pretty picture.  The fun doesn't last with sin.  If we could just make better choices like Moses did.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.  Hebrews 11:24-29

Look at all the things that Moses accomplished for God because of that choice of not chasing the worldly bubbles that were blowing right in the wind before Him.  Look at how much we could accomplish for Christ if we'd be a little more focused on what's right and avoid what the world has to offer.


Kids learn quickly that bubbles are fragile.  Sometimes you can put your hand out and catch them but without much force normally they'll pop pretty easily or they'll just dissipate.  When you start messing around with sin and worldly bubbles, you'll find they'll pop too.

Worldly ways are not satisfying.  There is no substance to them.  They'll dissipate into the wind without warning.

I think we need to concentrate on living for Christ more to avoid being caught up with those worldly bubbles that entice us away.  The devil tries hard enough to put temptations in front of us.  We shouldn't make it easy for him.  We have to be where we should be in our spiritual lives.  Going back to our main verse, Matthew 26:41, we need to "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation".

If we are living for Christ, fellowshipping with Him on a daily basis, engaging in a strong prayer life, then we'll be more able to resist those bubbles that come floating by to tempt us.

Only toils and troubles will come in the end if we aren't living for Christ, as we should be.

So, what bubbles are you chasing?

Copyright ©2005 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.

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