God has been teaching me a lot lately about the food issue.
I feel like I’m finally able to hear after a lifetime of deafness.
The issue is not the calories. The issue is not the carb content. The issue is not the sugar. The issue is not the fat. The issue is not exercise (or the lack thereof).
The issue is where I am seeking satisfaction.
When I yield to His leading in this area, when I am going to Him in prayer with every concern, the cravings (that have plagued me from as far back as I can remember) disappear. I know many claim miracles that can be dismissed with other explanations, but this, my friends, is nothing short of a miracle to my heart.
Gluttony is one of the primary sins that plague humanity. It is not just about food, it is about overconsumption.
Overcomsumption seems to be the very definition of our nation.
We eat too much. We drink too much. We play too much. We work too much. We shop too much. We are so off-balance…never satisfied with what we have but always seeking MORE.
This is not good for any of us. The constant seeking for more is killing our spiritual hearts as well as our physical bodies. Gluttony is the antithesis of the call for self-control (since this is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we most certainly need His help).
Lack of contentment is not what God wants for us as human beings, His creation. This is not what He calls us to as believers in His Word. We must find our satisfaction in our Lord and Savior. He alone knows how to provide for us in ways that will bring true and lasting satisfaction. He is the Creator. Who else would better understand what His creation needs?
We will never find satisfaction in anything else until we are fully immersed in the Love of our Heavenly Father. Nothing and no one else will fill the yearning for that relationship with God for which we were created.
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.