In the last few weeks, God has given me Psalm 34:8, "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good...." If you are like me, whenever I hear that verse, Shaena Crespo comes to mind. I hear her beautiful voice singing the words. But as this verse draws me into worship, it also reminds me of something I've learned recently: "tasting" God is better than tasting cheesecake.
In the past several months, I did a bible study that caused me to take a hard look at a habitual sin that I didn't even know I had. That sin: gluttony. I know...it's an ugly word. We all avoid it, we don't typically talk about it, but it's a sin. It's real, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn't only pertain to overweight people.
Very simply stated, this is what I have learned. God has blessed me with a sufficient, full pantry. He has not biblically prohibited me from eating anything in my pantry, but one thing He has specifically said is, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor 10:31). It is truly my desire to glorify God not only in mind and soul, but also with my body. The ugly truth is that whenever I snack out of boredom or stress, or reach for seconds when I am not physically hungry, I am not glorifying the Lord, I am glorifying myself. It's sinful and it's called gluttony. The good news is that the Lord makes a way of escape, through Him, by feasting and abiding in Him (1Cor 10:13, author's paraphrase). The book of John tells us Jesus is the bread of life, the living bread, and whosoever eats of this bread will have everlasting life. We must be sitting at His feet, feasting on Him, choosing to glorify Him in all things.
The new year is upon us and many of us promise ourselves that we will exercise more, eat better, or lose weight. Ladies, this year I challenge you to question your motives and do all to the glory of God. I challenge you to go on a God diet.
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