Hold the Sugar

“Our father died in the wilderness,” they said. “He was not among Korah’s followers, who rebelled against the Lord; he died because of his own sin. But he had no sons. Why should the name of our father disappear from his clan just because he had no sons? Give us property along with the rest of our relatives.” Numbers 27:3-4

Are you a sugarcoater?

You know the type.   Southerners are famous for it.  We can sugarcoat anything.  It’s considered a special gift sometimes—being able to take the most awful of circumstances or sins, and smother them with sugar until they seem sweet, lovely, even downright heart-warming.  

I had an amazing and wonderful mother.  As a child, my momma could sugarcoat Thursday night meatloaf to the point that it sounded like filet mignon.  And, it worked.  We ate it.  But, it still tasted like Thursday night meatloaf.

There is clearly a time and place in which we can all use a little sugar in our speech, and I wish I had more of my mother’s gift.  Sugarcoating is not my specialty.  I tend to call a spade a spade, the direct approach, telling it like it is.  With as much sugar as I eat, you’d think I would be sweeter.

In this passage of Scripture, Zelophehad’s daughters don’t sugarcoat a thing.  They acknowledge who their father was, and that he died because of his own sin.   Then, they plainly, openly, and honestly lay out their request before Moses and the other leaders.  The Holy Bible tells us in Psalm 51:6, “But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there.”

That’s the way God likes it:  clear, open, honest.  Sugarcoating doesn’t work on Him.  He wants us to hold the sugar.

Like Zelophehad’s daughters, He wants us to communicate honestly and directly with Him.  When we try to excuse our sin or justify it by painting our intentions as though they are something pretty when they really aren’t, He knows the truth.

May we each learn when to hold the sugar and when not to.  And, may we save the sugarcoating for the Thursday night meatloaf.


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