A Contract With God

Everything that we put into our bodies shows the Lord exactly what we think of the temple He's provided us. The choices we make about food, drink, supplements and medication are all reflective of the respect we have for our God-given bodies.

Food is a wonderful, enjoyable thing that God has allowed us to nourish ourselves with. When we are physically satisfied, we are better equipped to serve Him to our fullest. We get into trouble, though, when we forget that all-important word: moderation. Or as we call it in our house: portion control.

Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it. Proverbs 25:16

You can see how easy it is to get carried away - with food, with drink, with exercise, with anything, Good is good so more must be better, right? God knew from the beginning of time and the creation of the deadly sin of gluttony that we would dream up the all-you-can-eat buffet - it was no surprise to Him! We go beyond that is sufficient for our bodies, to the point of overflowing and well past, to the detriment of our efficiency. This Proverb clearly and descriptively explains that when you overdo on what is good, you lose it, which means you also lose all joy you originally had.

If you eat too much of this honey, make yourself sick and spend the night in the bathroom, will you remember how much you enjoyed the honey? Chances are all you'll remember is the color of the tile in the bathroom. Moederation in eating the honey helps you enjoy the honey at the time, and possibly a little cheesecake for dessert.

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
1 Corinthians 6:12

Of course there's no law against eating all the honey you want, right? There's no one standing in the kitchen telling you not to open the cabinet and eat the honey. But eating whatever you want will do nothing for the testimony you're trying to establish elsewhere in your Christian walk. There's no law against eating the way you want, but to do so is to be brought under the power of another, under the power of an appetite. Consider what you put into your body as a contract with God, not just an activity you perform several times a day when your tummy growls.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

God blessed us over and over again with food on our tables this past week, and we probably made some interesting choices of what to put into our bodies. Maybe we had to eat on the run, or we ate at a resaurant, or we just threw together whatever was in the freezer. We probably didn't put much thought into the actual choices we made and whether they were pleasing to God. He truly cares how much, when, where and with whom we eat, drink and make merry - they all point to where our true devotion lies.

So think "moderation" over the next few days and see if your eating habits match God's standards.


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