Coca-Cola Blak was going to be the next big thing. Introduced in 2006, this drink was a mix of Coke and coffee. Immediately I was allured. Coke? Coffee? What's not to love? A sugary, sweet, caffeinated delight. I couldn't wait to try it.
I bought my first Coke Blak, and took a big sip.
"Coke...Mmmmmm! Coffee...Mmmmmm. What? Blech!"
The drink had 3 distinct flavors when you tasted it. The first two, coke and coffee were delicious. But the after taste was so repugnant, I had to take another sip to see if I had imagined it. Yuck! Still there! I joked that instead of calling it Coke Blak, they should name it Coke Blech! Evidently I wasn't alone in my opinion, as the drink was discontinued in 2008.
It reminds me of the allure of forbidden fruit (sin). We often seek things that look pleasing to the eye or that seem like they may delight, so we take a sip. At first we may encounter sweetness, but make no mistake. Forbidden fruit always, always, always comes with a bitter aftertaste.
What is tempting you to take just a sip? It's not worth the bitter aftertaste. Do not try the fruit that is tempting you. Because like Coke Blak, if you avoid it long enough, eventually it will be discontinued.
"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1 Corinthians 10:13