Recently, I was dining with my wife and daughter at a Chinese restaurant. Our daughter was visiting us from her home in Johannesburg, South Africa. We were savoring each hour she could be with us. After a delicious meal, we were relaxing and talking about recent changes in our lives. The waiter brought the bill along with the customary ‘fortune cookies’. The fortunes are usually light and whimsical, but one caught my attention. It read, “Virtue is a precious treasure.” I believe all truth is God’s truth, even when it’s found in a fortune cookie.
One of my dictionaries states the term virtue relates to “theological morality”. The Thesaurus gives a synonym as “a desirable quality”. 2 Peter 1:3b-5 (NKJ) provides wonderful words for believers as it relates to virtue: “…His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue and to virtue knowledge,”
That evening in the restaurant I enjoyed a sweet morsel of truth from an unexpected source. In a small way, I sampled a little manna from God, “and the taste of it was like a wafer with honey” (Exodus 16: 21). Virtue is a precious treasure and a reward in itself.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
~ Brother Roy