Verse of Reflection:
“You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.”
~Psalm 63:5 (NLT)
Our bodies need food to stay alive. Finding the balance between eating enough but not too much, can be tricky. Finding the balance between choosing foods that are nourishing and allowing ourselves to enjoy a treat, can also be tricky.
The Bible tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and that everything we do, even eating and drinking, should be done for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). I don’t know about you, but these verses have challenged me at times to ask questions like:
“Am I honoring God with my food choices? Do I use food as comfort when I should be feasting on God’s Truth? Does it even matter what I eat because my body is temporary after all?”
God doesn’t want us to love anything more than we love Him. Food can become an idol. Obsessing over calories can become an idol. Exercise can become an idol. Even trying to eat healthy can become an idol. Whether our idol is emotional eating, gluttony, being too restrictive with food, or overexercising to burn off unwanted calories, we can surrender it all to God and He will welcome us with grace.
He invites us to feast at the table of Truth — the place where we are truly satisfied. As we spend time with Him, our eyes awaken to see that we are deeply loved and wonderfully made. Knowing our true worth can give us the motivation we need to care for the one body we have. While it may be temporary, it’s the physical layer that equips to do the work God put us here to do.
God’s Word doesn’t change, but He may speak to you and I a little differently when it comes to food. We are each on a unique journey. What’s important is that we listen for His Voice and ask Him for wisdom. He speaks in love, longing for us to experience life in the goodness of His design.
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank you for the bodies You’ve given us and the work they do. In a world stained in sin it can be so hard, but teach us what it means to honor You with our bodies. Give us a passion to honor You with these bodies You wonderfully made. Help us to make sensible food choices, but not obsess over what we eat. We lay down our idols of putting food before You. Remind us that You are our Daily Bread and Who we really crave. In Jesus’ Name, Amen