Today’s Scripture: Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. John 6:26‑27

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 left me with an empty feeling. It’s not exactly the kind of stuff I would want to have after dinner if I was 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 can 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.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.