You don’t have to be a Bible college graduate to know what divinity is, but you might need to have a sweet tooth. According to one person on chowhound.com, divinity is basically whipped egg whites held together by a heated sugar mixture (usually some combination of granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water). Another person described it as “the candy equivalent to angel food cake. The idea is that sweet egg whites are like divine or heavenly clouds.”

When I tried divinity for the first time, I had no idea what it was, but it sure tasted good. Melt-in-your-mouth good, if you know what I mean. The only caveat I have about divinity is that it has no substance. After the initial buzz generated by the dessert’s sweetness, it leaves you with an empty feeling. It’s not exactly the kind of stuff you would want to have after dinner if you are still hungry.

Vanity, like divinity, is nothing but emptiness. Attempting to seek happiness and fulfillment through the possession of great material wealth, the accumulation of great knowledge on diverse subjects, the experience of fame and popularity, academic achievement, and scientific discovery only leads to emptiness — just take it from King Solomon, someone who has tried it for himself. Through experience he learned the only meaningful pursuit in life is to fear God and keep His commandments. Let’s learn from his mistakes, rather than repeating them.

Today you have the opportunity to choose the path of wisdom or the path of vanity. Will you seek God’s approval, or will you please men? Will you play by the rules, or will you cut corners? It’s up to you. The choice you make will determine whether you feel satisfied or empty at the end of the day.

We are so presumptuous that we should like to be known all over the world, even by people who will only come when we are no more. Such is our vanity that the good opinion of half a dozen of the people around us gives us pleasure and satisfaction. — Blaise Pascal

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.